September 2014

Landlords: Preliminary Walk-Throughs Are Important Before a Tenant Moves In!

Landlords should always, without exception, conduct a preliminary walk-though at the rental unit, with the tenant, before the tenant moves in. The landlord should also do a similar walk through when the tenant is about to leave the rental unit. The move in/out form will detail every item in every room of the rental unit. […]

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Landlords: Use a 30 Day Notice to Change Terms in Your Rental Agreement to Your Advantage

Generally, landlords may change the terms of a month-to-month rental agreement by serving the tenant with a valid 30 day notice. The change in terms can change several items in the rental agreement. Landlords should exercise this right when there is a clause in the rental agreement that could potentially be troublesome to the landlord. When

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What Happens if a Tenant Wins an Eviction Case Due to the Warranty of Habitability?

If the tenant has defaulted on his or her rent obligations and the landlord sues the tenant for non-payment of rent, the tenant can raise as a defense the “warranty of habitability.” If a tenant wins the case based on the landlord’s breach of the warranty of habitability, the following is the likely outcome: The

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