I live in Los Angeles, I am 75 years old and am renting the same apartment for over 20 years, my landlord is raising my rent more than 3% even though
JA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state the property is in?
Customer: Ca 90045, it should be 3% in Los Angeles, but since the unit is illigally build as I found out, he claims it is not under rent control. it is a one family house, with an illigally build unit over the garage in which i reside. I am trying to get him to only raise it 3% but he does not budge. I know I could report him because of the illigal unit and they would have him evict me and tear out the kitchen and bathroom. At least that is what I heard. but i do not really want to move and I am afraid he can get what he wants and just claim he is moving in or has to fix the place . What are my options?
Response: Refuse to pay the increase. Then let him give you notice for non-payment and eventually file eviction action against you. You can defend the eviction by showing that he charged you more than the required increase. He would then be forced to say why he charged you more than the required percentage. It would be interesting to see if he is willing to admit that he charged you more than the required percentage because the Unit is an illegal Unit.
You may also bring up the issue of the illegal Unit yourself because he is NOT supposed to be collecting rent for the illegal unit. You can actually file lawsuit against him to get back ALL rent paid for the illegal Unit if you want to play hardball. However, you would have to vacate the premises, unfortunately.
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