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Frequently Asked Questions

Reasonable Accommodations
reasonable accomodationsIf tenant requires some kind of reasonable accommodation (such as emotional support animal, or a downstairs unit), landlord is required to provide reasonable accommodation for tenants under the Americans with Disabilities Act. For more information on fair housing issues contact us:
Application/Screen Process
application processThe landlord should always require a prospective resident to fill out a rental application and may collect a fee to cover the costs to screen an applicant. The landlord should offer an application to all interested applicants. For more information contact us:
Rental Agreements
rental agreementsBefore you can rent a unit, you and the landlord should sign a rental agreement. It is important to read your rental agreement before signing. A month-to-month agreement means that you will live in the unit and pay rent on a monthly basis. A lease states the length of the rental term. For more information contact us:
Having Repairs Made
having repairs madeThe landlord must make the unit habitable before renting to a tenant and while the unit is being rented. Your landlord has to maintain your unit to be fit to live in. It must be habitable. In order to formally demand that repairs be made, it’s best for tenant to call and give a formal written request to the landlord or property manager. For more information contact us:
Rent Increase
rent increaseThe landlord cannot increase rent during the fixed term of the lease, unless the lease allows rent increase. If a tenant has a month-to-month agreement, the landlord can increase rent at any time with 30 days or 60 days in advance. The landlord is required to provide a proper notice to tenant based on the amount of increase. For more information contact us:
Termination of Tenancy
termination of tenancyThe owner is required to provide the resident with a 30-Day Notice or 60-Day Notice of Termination of Tenancy to terminate a month-to-month or other periodic tenancy. A tenancy under a specific term lease automatically terminates at the end of the lease term. For more information contact us:
Evictions
evictionsIf you fail to vacate after the termination notice is up, the landlord can file for eviction at the Superior Court. This is referred to as an unlawful detainer case. For more information contact us:
Security Deposit Refund
security deposit refundNo later than 21 calendar days after resident has vacated the premises, the the landlord must either send a full refund of security deposit, or provide an itemized statement that lists the amounts of any deductions from security deposit along with copies of receipts. For more information contact us:

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