Risks of Not Reading Your Residential Lease

Risks of Not Reading Your Residential Lease

Landlord/Tenant
When you find the perfect rental housing for you and your family, chances are you are simply excited to sign on the dotted line and start moving in. You might assume that if you’ve seen one residential lease, you’ve seen them all, and many people simply sign without much of a glance at the terms of the agreement. However, each lease is different, and you should be sure you are agreeing to the specific terms of this particular lease before you sign. It is often wise to have an Encino landlord/tenant attorney review the lease for you. If you fail to read a lease, many issues can arise, including: You inadvertently violate one or more terms of the lease (such as a provision preventing subleasing), and your landlord seeks to…
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Know Your Rights Regarding Security Deposits

Know Your Rights Regarding Security Deposits

Landlord/Tenant
Security deposits are one of the most disputed issues between residential landlords and tenants in California. Most landlords require security deposits for a tenant to move in, and tenants have certain rights regarding these funds. However, landlords often violate - or are accused of violating - security deposit laws. If you are a tenant, always stay aware of your rights. Requirements for Security Deposits Each state is different, and California sets out the following requirements and restrictions for security deposits: Landlords are not allowed to charge non-refundable fees for move-in to cover possible repairs in the futureDeposits cannot be more than two months of rent for unfurnished units or three months for furnished units (it is less for active duty service members)The landlord must return the funds within 21 days…
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