Legal Q&A – What is the Best Way to Handle Roommate Requests?

What is the Best Way to Handle Roommate Requests in Your Rental Units? - Written by Jason Mauck - Posted Feb 26, 2015

Legal Q&A – What is the Best Way to Handle Roommate Requests?

Additional vs. Replacement  Do I have to allow an existing tenant to get a roommate? What if it is a studio apartment and he wants to get two roommates? Also, can I require applicants to pay an application fee and screen them. These are some very common and reasonable questions for any landlord. Since they are so distinct, I’ll break them down by topic. Permissive Roommates The question of roommates can turn into a very complex issue depending on the facts of a given tenancy.  The short answer to the question is no, you do not have to allow a...

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Protect Yourself With Photos

Documentation Is Your Best Defense When Making Security Deposit Deductions - Written by Brent Kernan - Posted Feb 15, 2015

Protect Yourself With Photos

So, you are charging a tenant for repairs and cleaning at move-out and deducting those charges from the tenant’s security deposit. You review your move-in and move-out inspection forms. You prepare the itemized disposition of the security deposit form (ideally, using the EBRHA model form), send a check to the tenant for the balance, and you’re done. Right? Possibly not. A tenant can still challenge your retention of the security deposit in small claims court on the basis that it is not justified under California Civil Code §1950.5. §1950.5...

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