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Back in March of 2011, we had an Unlawful Detainer action

Back in March of 2011, we had an Unlawful Detainer action against us. We lost, and had a judgment filed against us for $7,824.90. We have been unable to pay this. We've offered the person, through their Attorney to settle the judgment for 1/2 the amount, a few days ago. The former landlord refused, and said she wants her 10% per year interest on the judgment, plus the judgment itself, totaling more than $12,000. This is overly-burdensome, and it's preventing us from renting an apartment. Can we go to court and file a motion to have this judgment vacated, or at least reduced. The house had no heat, bugs and rats, but we still couldn't afford the rent. Please advise, thank you -- DanJA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: Los Angeles, CAJA: Has any paperwork been filed?Customer: Do you mean to vacate the judgment....? Not yetJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: Just that this judgment is preventing us from renting an apartment, and it's unfair, and mean.

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To be better be prepared for a potential earthquake our

To be better be prepared for a potential earthquake our apartment building gets retrofitted over the course of the next 3-6 month. Are we entitled to get a rent reduction? It is noisy, and dirty, and we are no longer able/allowed to use our storage and garage space. How much, if? And what do we need to do?

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I am a first-time home buyer in California attempting to

I am a first-time home buyer in California attempting to purchase a condo that is in process of new construction, and the builder has had months of delays which I understand in my purchase agreement I have accepted the risk for. But now I am one business day away from closing and they still haven't told me whether we will actually close on Monday due to their inability to get final inspection complete. I may be forced to move by my current apartment since I gave one month's notice 3-4 weeks ago, and I will have to live in a hotel and move all my stuff to storage for God knows how long until they actually complete the place.My question is whether I have any legal recourse to back out/get my money back/delay closing until a later date. They delays are not the issue. But can they legally put me in a situation of "We might close one business day from now, or we might not." Do I have any power to say back to them "even if you are ready to close on day from now I can't, because I refuse to pay a month's worth of double rent or take possession on one day's notice." Or can they legally just string me along for a year?

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I am a landlord in Chester County, PA. My lease with tenant

I am a landlord in Chester County, PA. My lease with tenant says he must pay electric. Since day one he did not put lease in his name. I continued to pay electric and he reimbursed me) (He had a previous bankruptcy) Since June he has not reimbursed me the electric even though I request it in writing. (My husband was happy getting the rent check every month, even though it was late. He felt as long as he had a security deposit of $2,000 and last month's rent of $1,900, he was happy with the situation. ) My husband recently passed, and I see that the tenant's electric bills, which I have paid, have eaten into this $2,000 to the point that it will be consumed by the electric bill. I sent my tenant a letter via certified mail, and written by my son, an attorney in GA, requesting payment and saying that service would be cut off in ten days if he did not put the electric in his name. (He did not pick up the letter.) I also sent the letter via priority mail and see that it was delivered to the house. Per PECO's instructions, I also left a message on his cell phone stating that I was taking it out of my name and he has ten days to put it in his name or the service will be stopped.JA: Because real estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: What should I do? I would like to keep the tenant as it is a tough property to rent, but soon it will be A/C time, and the bills will go out of site. The man has a daughter and grandchild who live with him.JA: Has any paperwork been filed?Customer: Chester County PennsylvaniaJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: no paperwork has been filed. PECO is working with me.

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I have lived in a studio apartment on the side of a house

Hi, I have lived in a studio apartment on the side of a house for a little over 5 years now. In November my landlady, who lives in the main house, told me she was going to raise my rent. She then told me that she was going to give me the increase in rent in writing. I waited and received absolutely nothing, I also do not have a lease as she never gave me one.JA: Because real estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: When I paid the rent at the beginning of the month, I gave the check directly to her and she looked at the amount that i wrote and said absolutely nothing. That was on the 3rd. Then on the 6th she starts texting me nastily and said that she told me that she gave me plenty of notice about the rent increase. I reminded her that she said she was going to give me something in writing and she gave me nothing and I had no idea what the increase in rent was going to be. I want to know what my rights are now as I am sure she is expecting me to pay her the extra $100.00 at the first of March. I do not want to get kicked out.JA: Has any paperwork been filed?Customer: Nothing has been given to me at all.JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: Nope.

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An owner of a residential rental building is considering

an owner of a residential rental building is considering selling. The building is in NYC which requires tenant registrations and rent rolls be filed. The sales agreement from the broker says the broker is to be held harmless in case the owner provide erroneous information. The owner is concerned that if he did not figure the legal rents correctly, which he provided the broker with he may get in trouble. For example, an existing tenant was given a renewal lease at a higher rent but did not sign and return the renewal lease yet but the higher new rent was placed on the prospectus.Also on some apartments, improvements were made to the dwelling which entitled the owner to charge a higher rent. This was also placed on the prospectus but the owner is concerned it could be challenged if not calculated correctly.What verbage can the owner put in this sales agreement which will put the responsibility on the buyer. Is this sentence enough? " broker will market the building as sold as is regard to all aspects,: including but not limited to: ***** ***** violations, tenant rent registrations and environmental conditions"

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I have a lease with a tenant in an inlaw apartment. The

I have a lease with a tenant in an inlaw apartment. The power went out for 10 days in January and again for 7 days in February. The house is in Tahoe so its winter. when the power is out, the heat will not work. From the following in my lease, am I responsible for "loss of use" during the period that the power is out? (The power is out due to storms and the electrical company takes a long time to repair the lines because of the location of the house). Heres the section of the lease thats relavent: "DAMAGE TO PREMISES. In the event the Premises are destroyed or rendered wholly uninhabitable by fire, storm, earthquake, or other casualty not caused by the negligence of Tenant, this Agreement shall terminate from such time except for the purpose of enforcing rights that may have then accrued hereunder. The rental provided for herein shall then be accounted for by and between Landlord and Tenant up to the time of such injury or destruction of the Premises, Tenant paying rentals up to such date and Landlord refunding rentals collected beyond such date. Should a portion of the Premises thereby be rendered uninhabitable, the Landlord shall have the option of either repairing such injured or damaged portion or terminating this Lease. In the event that Landlord exercises its right to repair such uninhabitable portion, the rental shall abate in the proportion that the injured parts bears to the whole Premises, and such part so injured shall be restored by Landlord as speedily as practicable, after which the full rent shall recommence and the Agreement continue according to its terms. Additionally, Tenant is aware that flooding of the dwelling is possible and is due to city sewer systems and storms and river flooding and avalanche and landslide and Tenant will not hold Landlord responsible for damage to Tenant's possessions."JA: Because real estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: CaliforniaJA: Has any paperwork been filed?Customer: i dont think so.JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: I have a second query for the same incident...the same house is also rented as a "ski lease" and theres an "agreement" between myself and each "member" of the ski lease. The members are 11 individuals. This agreement doesnt state anything about non-habitable etc. However there may be some assumptive law in place for this situation - so Im wondering if Im liable for loss of use for the days when the power is out in this situation as well.

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I live in a corporate controlled apartment, and our kitchen

Hello! I live in a corporate controlled apartment, and our kitchen cabinetry fell apart and hit me in the head. Is there legal action I can take?JA: Where is the property located?Customer: Seattle, WAJA: Has any paperwork been filed?Customer: No what type of paperwork?JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: No

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This is a question regarding evicting someone, Middletown

This is a question regarding evicting someoneJA: Where is the property located?Customer: Middletown NYJA: Has any paperwork been filed?Customer: no. My daughter owns a condo, in which she lives. She offered to let a friend stay on her couch for a while until he found an apartment. It did not happen, and he will not leave.JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: Does she need an eviction notice to make him leave? THere is no lease etc.

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