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Tenants win bedbug protections in new law

Tenants throughout California received another win in with strong legislation protections recently. According to a new state law that took effect on July 1, landlords are now required to inform tenants of instances of bedbugs. It also offers guidelines for how tenants should report infestations to landlords. The law does not take effect for existing leases until Jan. 1, 2018.

Can I get my landlord to fix a minor problem?

As a tenant, you may find that you have a problem that you believe your landlord should fix, but the landlord does not believe he or she must fix. In these circumstances, it is helpful to understand the limits of what you can expect a landlord to cover and how you might compel a landlord to fix a minor problem even if he or she does not technically have to.

Can I compel my landlord to fix a mold problem?

Tenants often feel as though they have few options when the space they rent has frustrating or dangerous conditions. However, depending on the nature of the condition in question, California law may offer tenants recourse to hold a landlord accountable for unacceptable conditions in a rental space. This is particularly true of spaces with mold infestations. As of 2016, the presence of mold in a rental space qualifies as a substandard housing condition.

Steps tenants can take to protect themselves

As a renter, whether commercial or residential, it can often feel as though you are at the mercy of your landlord, even when he or she is not always reasonable. While this is an understandable feeling, this does not have to be the case in practice. There are a number of steps you can take even before you sign a lease that can help protect your rights as a renter throughout your lease and beyond.

Can my landlord forbid smoking marijuana?

The statewide legalization of recreational marijuana use continues to create frustrating legal conflicts, especially when it comes to where one can legally possess or use marijuana. Many tenants now face the difficult reality that their landlords may forbid them from growing, smoking or even keeping marijuana on the premises. Is this legal for landlords to do? It all depends on your lease.

New bill seeks to protect immigrant tenant rights

All across America, immigrants from many walks of life are terrified that customs agents may hunt them down and deport them because of the emphasis the Trump administration has placed on deportations. Unfortunately, this has lead to many immigrants fearing that they cannot stand up for their basic rights without jeopardizing their livelihood and family.

Proper legal help keeps leases strong

In Los Angeles and elsewhere, many tenants simply do not know about their rights. While these rights are slightly different for commercial tenants because of certain responsibility clauses that may be written into your lease agreement, the fundamental theory remains the same. As a tenant, your space must function properly, and aspects of the space and its utilities that for which your landlord holds responsibility must be properly maintained and quickly fixed.

Be careful if you wish to sublet your commercial lease

Commercial tenants in California face many specific difficulties that can strain the landlord/tenant relationship or even lead to lawful eviction. One of the most common points of contention between landlords and commercial tenants in California is subletting. If you currently lease a commercial property in California, then it behooves you to read your lease agreement very carefully before you attempt to sublet your space -- failing to do so could land you in hot water, legally speaking.

When landlords won't do their part

As a tenant, one of the primary advantages you have over those who own their own property is your landlord's responsibilities to timely and appropriate maintenance and repair of your space. However, as many tenants can attest, the principle of a landlord-tenant relationship and the reality of the situation are often far different. Each lease has its own terms which must be consulted, but in general, there are number of steps you can take if your landlord is not abiding by his or her obligations to repair or maintain your space appropriately.

What is quiet enjoyment of a lease?

As a commercial tenant, there are hundreds of ways for your lease to go sideways. Unfortunately, sometimes your lease becomes compromised because of the actions of your landlord. The law recognizes a complex and ill-defined concept known as quiet enjoyment, which is a right that all tenants can claim, even if it is not expressly noted in a lease. The much trickier part is determining if your situation qualifies as a violation of quiet enjoyment, and how you should pursue justice in the matter.