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My wife and i own a seven unit compound where we live in

my wife and i own a seven unit compound where we live in Venice CA. Everybody enjoys the sweet vibration here. Unfortunately one of our tenants is becoming more and more aggressive and paranoid. For example she accused one resident of stealing her mail and illegal entry into her apartment, theft of suitcases, vandalism of her auto (all with no proof)

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My landlord attached $95 to my rent altercation he claims

My landlord attached $95 to my rent for plumbing altercation he claims was my fault.I was able to get paperwork from plumber(which wasnt licensed)for bill of $400.I decided just to go along with it so as not to cause any problems but 2 1/2 yrs later Im still paying it and landlord refuses to respond and give me permission to deduct that amount from my rent now.I have notice from him for proof that that was what the rent increase was for.What should I do?And how do I get all my money back that he is stealing from me?Believe me this is only one thing that he has done to me.Theres been harrassment and discrimination and plain mental abuse and stress.Supposedly he sold the property about 8 months ago and a Realty Company the new owner assigned has been dealing with all of us which just gave all of us tenants a 60 day notice 40 days ago claiming they are going to renovate the place but I pinned them down last month and they admitted the original owner. still owns it.Most of us are low income and havent been able to get another place since theyre making us pay rent to them still and come up with funds for a new place from whereever we can and thats been from nowhere so I guess well be out on the street soon.Is. this legal? Ive been here 4 years and my rent has never been late once.

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I live in Michigan in a mobile home park. They provide as

I live in Michigan in a mobile home park. They provide as part of lot rent cable t-v service. now they are going to discontinue that service , is that a rent increase and if it is how much % wise can they increase in Michigan?

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I'm a tenet in NYC. My landlord only allows one form of

I'm a tenet in NYC. My landlord only allows one form of payment, which is a check to their office during normal business hours. As such due to my own working hours I was late 3 months running, just by 2-3 days each time. That was on me and I should have got their earlier. However the tenancy contract states that a $200 per month late fee is applied each time you are late (whether 1 day or 29 days its $200). Therefore I racked up $600 in late fees. All regular rent is up to date. My landlord phoned me and wanted to know why I hadn't paid the late fees. I told her why, due to the ability to the get to their office in business hours but I also brought up the fact that hot water wasn't operable for 3 days which would mean I should get some form of reduction from the late fee. I acknowledged that I should have to pay the late fees but not the whole amount. At that point the landlord turned angry and accused me of not playing fair and that they were calling on compassion grounds alone, they then hung-up up the call and told me to do whatever it I wanted to do.What should I do here? I feel I'm entitled to a reduction for the loss of hot water but would like to pay the late fees as I generally have a good working relationship with them and don't wish to cause an unnecessary issue. The apartment is not perfect but I'm not around a lot to really care.Should I pay the late fees now as that may constitute as actual rent and show that I'm overly late? Or should I request the reduction but still pay the late fees?Not sure what I should do. I should mention the landlord has no email or other means of communication. If you wish to speak to them you have to leave a message and they call you back. I can write them a letter though.

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I am renting a house and i was given a 60 day notice to

I am renting a house and i was given a 60 day notice to move. I have never been late on my rent and have taken exceptional care of the property. I am copying and pasting the exact email I was sent;Unfortunately the owners have asked us to issue the attached 60 day notice to vacate as they plan to have someone from the church occupy the home L.I feel I am being discriminated against since religion appears to be part of the equation.

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I rent a two-bedroom apartment in Scottsdale where I just

I rent a two-bedroom apartment in Scottsdale where I just signed a six-month lease. Unfortunately, the management has recently all but stopped servicing the swimming pool, which turns green weekly, and which management only very slowly does anything to change. Furthermore, the complex's clubhouse, which until now has been available to reserve for special events, has suddenly been closed off for that purpose. It seems to me that if these amenities are not provided, I am under no obligation to pay full rent, as the landlord has in essence violated the lease. What are my rights here?

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I am a New York City resident living in a non-rent

I am a New York City resident living in a non-rent controlled/non-rent stabilized apartment who is co-tenant on a lease with two other people. A week ago, one of my co-tenants attempted to sublet his room to two individuals after having told me that he was subletting it to just one. The subletters are an unmarried couple. The sublet is not a legal one (as he told the landlord that they were guests and has permission to host them in that capacity), and I don't believe that a contract was signed or that money changed hands. When I found out that two people were planning to move in, I told them that I did not approve of the arrangement, and my co-tenant agreed that they would no longer be living there. I did, however, agree to allow the couple to stay with us until June 1 (and keep their things in the apartment) as guests until they can find other accommodations. While my co-tenant has confirmed this for me, I haven't yet received any acknowledgement or confirmation from the couple that they're going to actually vacate by June 1, and am now worried that they might refuse to leave once that date arrives. I would like to know: what are my options for getting rid of them if they refuse to leave? I believe that both myself and my co-tenant are in agreement that they are house guests (along with the landlord), and both myself and my co-tenant are in agreement that they'll depart by June 1. If the couple refuses to leave by then though, what steps should I take?

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I live in a house with two other people, who were a couple

I live in a house with two other people, who were a couple until recently. The guy is the master tenant, and had paid rent directly to the landlord up until a few months ago, collecting rent from subtenants (me and his girlfriend). He's lived there about 6 years, I've lived there almost 4, she's lived there about 2.Last December, he fell off the wagon, went to rehab for a few months, and they broke up. He hasn't lived in the apartment since january, but his room stayed the same and he continues paying rent to me, which I've been paying to the landlord. I desperately want him to move out -- he can be erratic, controlling, and aggressive, especially when he's drinking but still is even when he's not. I also don't want to live with a broken up couple.Right now he's moving to colorado and is planning on "subletting" his room to me until december, but this would mean that he would just be moving the stuff out of his room and I would be paying his share of the apartment to the landlord too. Once he is mostly moved out, does he have a right to move back into the apartment? Can I tell him he can't come back? His ex girlfriend doesn't seem to mind the idea of him moving back in. But is there a way I could block him from doing so?

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Thomas,Thanks an awesome job last time w my

Hi Thomas,Thanks for doing an awesome job last time w my rent control question in Jersey City NJ. I have another rent control in JC question...I am looking at property to buy in Jersey City, NJ and see some units have "protected tenants" in place. I own one house in California but am moving to the NYC area, which JC is a part of. If I were to buy that condo w the protected tenant, is there a way to arrange for the tenant to move out? I wouldn't wanna break any laws or do anything unethical, but I'm looking for a place to live myself so I am wondering if these kinds of situations are something I can consider or should I look elsewhere. Thanks.

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Thomas Swartz

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