Professional Property Management Company in Santa Clarita and the SCV

 

Are you looking for a professional property management company in Santa Clarita and the SCV? Oftentimes the landlord does not want to worry about the day-to-day administration of their rental property and prefer to turn over administration to a professional property management company in Santa Clarita.

Mr. Piotrowski is a California real estate broker and REALTOR® and can assist with finding tenants. We will place your property on the MLS and market your investment on your behalf. We will utilize the services of a third party to screen tenants and will assist with tenant rental applications and rental agreements. We can also collect rents on a monthly basis and respond to repair requests and coordinate repairs with licensed companies. If you are tired of managing your own property and would like to outsource your Santa Clarita property management needs to a professional property management company in Santa Clarita, contact us today.

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How Do I Evict a Tenant in Los Angeles?

 

Evicting a tenant in Los Angeles usually requires the following steps:

  1. Serve a valid termination notice on the tenant (usually a 3 day, 30 day, or 60 day notice).
  2. If the tenant does not comply with the terms of the notice, file an Unlawful Detainer (eviction) case in the correct court. You can find the filing court location here.
  3. Serve the tenant with the court papers. It is a best practice to have the papers served by a process server or sheriff.
  4. Wait the required number of days to see if the tenant fights the case.
  5. If the tenant does not fight the case, request a default judgment and writ of possession from the court. Once these have been granted, submit them to the sheriff and request that the sheriff schedule a lockout.
  6. If the tenant fights the case, submit the appropriate  court documents in response to the tenant’s claims. You may need to have a trial.

It is important to note that this is a simplified version of how to evict a tenant in Los Angeles. Guidelines are strict and an attorney should be consulted for each particular eviction case.

Here’s a visual representation of the typical non-payment of rent case.

California Eviction Flowchart

 

Need help with evicting a tenant in Los Angeles? Contact the Law Office of David Piotrowski for assistance.

The Law Office of David Piotrowski represents landlords throughout southern California and can assist with a tenant eviction.

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How do I Fill Out a 3 Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit in California?

 

How do I fill out a 3 day notice to pay rent or quit in California? Here is a step by step guide:

  1. Enter the tenant’s full name, and include a note that says, “and all other occupants.” This will help protect you if a third party claims tenancy.
  2. Enter the exact property address. This should match the rental agreement.
  3. Include the amount of past-due rent. Do not include late fees. Make sure to itemize the rent due if more than 1 month is past-due (for example – June 2015: $800 due, July 2015: $800 due). Note: You can only go back a total of one year of unpaid rent on the 3 day notice.
  4. Include a notation stating what day of the month the rent is due, and what the monthly rent is.
  5. Include the landlord/agent’s name, address, and telephone number.
  6. Specify how payment is to be made, including dates/times when payment will be accepted.
  7. Sign your name and date the form.
  8. Properly serve the 3 day notice.
  9. Make copies for yourself and complete a proof of service.

Here’s a sample of what a portion of a 3 day notice to pay rent or quit should look like:

how do I fill out a 3 day notice to pay rent or quit in california

The 3 day notice to pay rent or quit in California is very technical. Not only must it be completed properly, it also needs to be validly served.

Need more help with the 3 day notice to pay rent or quit? Contact us for assistance.

The Law Office of David Piotrowski represents landlords throughout southern California and can assist with a tenant eviction.

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Speed Up a Los Angeles Unlawful Detainer Demurrer Hearing

 

Want to speed up your Los Angeles demurrer hearing?

Sometimes, tenants will try to delay an eviction case in Los Angeles by filing a demurrer. A demurrer is a procedure used in the initial stages of an eviction or other legal proceeding to obtain the courts ruling on the formal or legal sufficiency of the allegations in your complaint. For example, a demurrer filed by a tenant may allege that the 3 day notice to pay or quit was defective.

It is common practice for tenants to set the hearing date for the demurrer for at least a month in the future. Of course, this is bad for the landlord. It means a month delay and more lost income. The tenant’s goal is to delay the case to the detriment of the landlord.

Instead of waiting a month or longer for the court to rule on the tenant’s demurrer, a landlord who knows what they are doing can have the demurrer heard in as little as a few days. This will save time, not to mention money in lost income from a tenant who isn’t paying any rent. Thus, if a tenant files a demurrer in an unlawful detainer eviction case, and it is clear that it is a delay tactic, landlords may want to take action to shorten the time for the demurrer hearing and request an immediate ruling on the demurrer. Once the court overrules the tenant’s demurrer, tenant’s will generally have only 5 days to file an Answer. The Law Office of David Piotrowski represents landlords and can speed up your demurrer hearing.

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Common Tenant Defenses to an Unlawful Detainer Eviction in California

 

Tenants will sometimes fight an unlawful detainer eviction case by raising a defense to the eviction. Some common tenant defenses to an unlawful detainer in California include:

  • Breach of the warranty of habitability. The landlord’s duty to provide a habitable property is independent of the tenant’s duty to pay rent. This means that the tenant’s failure to pay rent does not excuse the landlord from maintaining a habitable property.
  • Waiver of the notice to quit. This often happens when the landlord accepts rent after the notice expired.
  • Retaliation.
  • Landlord’s breach of the rental agreement.
  • Discrimination.
  • Violation of eviction or rent control ordinance.
  • Repair and deduct remedy.
  • Title is at issue.
  • Overpayment of rent.

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