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I am the owner of a small art studio with classes, ages 4
Hello. I am the owner of a small art studio with classes for kids, ages 4 and up, and have been leasing the studio for nearly 7 years, with no problems until January of this year. That is when my landlord leased the adjoining storefront to an illegal marijuana dispensary. I was surprised he did so, as zoning laws in my area (Los Angeles County) have included a complete ban on marijuana dispensaries since 2010.In California, current law specifies that dispensaries cannot be within 600 ft of a school. (LA County considers my art studio, for zoning purposes a "vocational school".Since the dispensary opened next door, I have seen a significant drop in the number of my clients, as parents are not happy bringing their children to art classes so close to marijuana. Other issues such as the presence of armed "security guards" clearly armed, but in plainclothes, employed by the dispensary to patrol the parking lot we share have frightened and alarmed parents of my students.I have requested that my landlord allow me to terminate my lease before it expires in March 2017 so that I may be free to look for a more suitable location for my business.He has said that he would consider allowing me to sublease the premises, but I am not sure that helps. A sublease would still leave me ultimately responsible for rent, should the subtenant fail to pay, right?How can I get the landlord to just let me out of the lease? Do I have to threaten him with a lawsuit? My lease specifies that I have to comply with all local ordinances and I can't conduct any unlicensed or unlawful business...does that imply that he can;t rent to someone like the dispensary that is unlicensed? Has he violated the terms of the lease? Thank you
I live in county and my kitchen window is broken from the
i live in cook county and my kitchen window is broken from the outside. my landlord is charging me for the replacement of the window.. no one knows how it got broken.. my question is who is responsible for the repair
I just signed a lease apartment here in Miami. I signed all
I just signed a lease for an apartment here in downtown Miami. I signed all the documents. They requested the first month and security deposit to be paid up front. So I went online and paid it. When I went to go pick up the keys, they said it had to be certified funds, the up front payment that is, they said it states it clearly in the welcome letter, however they accepted my online payment. She also requested permission from the Property Manager. He accepted the online payment in lieu of the certified payment, I signed the move in sheet and I was presented the keys, with them saying they were making an exception. So I thanked them and left. Two hours later they called me saying that their accounting department did not authorize the online payment and is reversing it and demanding certified funds. I said that "I believe that once you've accepted payment and gave me the keys, I legally took possession of the apartment." I have offered to work with them and said that because I deal with an out of state bank with no branches here, it would take 5 business days for me to receive a certified check. Am I correct in saying that they cannot refuse me entry into the new apartment since they had accepted the online payment with authorization of the property manager? John A., Miami FL.
Multiple years ago, my parents house was purchased by the
Multiple years ago, my parents house was purchased by the state for airport expansion. At the time, they were going through marital difficulties and my father wanted to split the money and separate. My mother convinced him to try again (the marriage difficulties were on her) and they purchased a larger house. My father put down 50 thousand dollars of money from the sale of the old house as a down payment (his money). Because his credit was poor, the house was purchased in her name and my God father's (my dad's brother). A couple years later my mother left, and my father was left living in the house with his children (me included). From the beginning, my father has made the mortgage payments. When he lost his job, he was unable for 4 months and the house was put on the market by his brother. He has been employed again for a year, continuing to make the payments. He offered to pay the back payments to his brother, but his brother refused. The house has remained on the market and an offer was recently put on it that was below their original cost of purchasing the house. If it sold today, it would leave him with no money gained from the sale. Including eviction issues with an oral lease, what are our options? My father has health issues and still has 2 children living in the house.
What can I do regarding the following in PA, anything?
What can I do regarding the following in PA, anything?Amidst selling my home, I rented a storage unit from Jetport to store my belongings. My storage needs surpassed the space I had rented. I requested a 2nd storage unit late morning on a Saturday. They charged to my card immediately even though I was asked when I would be "moving in" to which I responded tomorrow (Sunday). That evening, my plans had changed and I no longer was in need of the 2nd unit, however the office had already closed for the day. The office was also closed all day Sunday. So...monday morning (within an hour of the office opening) I called to cancel the unit I had reserved on Saturday. Long story short...After a lot of aggression towards me on their part, they reluctantly agreed to refund me a portion of what I had paid. 30% penalty for 3 days of use, claiming I was responsible for Sat/Sun/Mon at 10% per day. (Even though I had the unit for an approximate total of 6 hours of available office hours that I could have cancelled). Plus a full months charge for storage insurance and an addition $20 administration fee! In total...I paid Jetport $109.68 for a storage unit I never accessed (didn't even put my lock on it or open the door). The facility prevented me from cancelling sooner than I did because of their available office hours and being closed on Sunday, but still held me responsible financially for those days at an inflated rate. 30 days for that unit was $257 equals $8.47 per day ($25.41 total cost for 3 days), not the $77.10 they charged me plus extra fees.
I went on vacation to Florida and to make a story short
I went on vacation to Florida and to make a long story short after driving 700 miles we arrived at a house that was a disaster. We ended up cleaning the place ourselves and of course I will be giving the house a bad review on the website. Of course the owner knows I'm going to do this. During the stay on Friday (the day before departure) we needed a couple of children's life jackets to go on a boat excursion that departed 2 hours north of our house and the owner gave us permission to use 2 jackets that were at the house. We decided at the spur of the moment to pack and leave on that Friday morning and not return since it was 2 hours closer to our home in North Carolina. So the life jackets ended up in NC. Since the owner knows I'm going to give him a bad review he has threatened to charge me with theft of 2 life jackets if I communicate with him in anyway or give his house a bad review. So the question is can he actually do this with me being in another state and if so would I have to show up for court. Just a note, after we found out the owners real name he has been indicted in 2014 on 19 counts of vacation rental fraud and assault on a code enforcement officer for dumping a 5 gallon bucket of urine on him. I'm pretty sure he is violating the code as we speak. He refers to the house as a 6 bedroom with one of the br being in a storage building with window air unit and another in an oversized laundry room.
My husband passed away recently, the lease of our apartmentView more legal questions
My husband passed away recently , the lease of our apartment was on his name. I sent to the landlord a copy of certificate of death of my husband and I asked to be named as a prime tenant on a renewal lease. I didn't get that instead I got a bill for the next month in the name of my husband, I don't know what to do next in order not to be evicted.I lived with my husband in the apartment since 1999.Thank you !