Frequently Asked Questions About Tenant Issues

Are you having a tenant issue? Below, you can find the most frequently asked questions I receive about tenant issues. If you’re having another issue that is not listed, please write me!


Frequently Asked Questions About Tenant Issues

Frequently Asked Questions About Tenant Issues:


How many days do I have to refund the tenants security deposit in California?

21 days from the date of possession for residential property for 30 days from the date of possession for commercial property.

Can I do a notice of change of terms that the tenant has to get renters insurance in a property that’s under rent control?

No, you cannot change any of the terms in rent control from the original contract other than a rent increase, a deposit increase, mandated disclosures meaning bedbugs,lead-based paint , asbestos or the attorneys fees clause. No other terms can be changed.

Can a prospective applicant submit a note to have an emotional support animal that is written by their attorney and not their doctor?

Yes, the department of fair housing states that the note must come from a licensed professional aware of their medical condition and their need for an animal. So it could be from an attorney, a life coach, a priest, a real estate broker or any licensed professional aware of their medical condition and their need for the animal.

Are there laws in 2020 for Section-8 that I need to know?

Double and triple check to make sure you are NOT advertising that you do not accept Section-8. SB 329 made it illegal to reject prospective tenants solely based on their enrollment of Section-8 federal housing voucher program. In simple terms: It’s discrimination against source of income.
Making this mistake can be very expensive. This also applies to veterans with SB 222 and the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Vouchers aka VASH.