42 votes
Accepted

What's the impact of this late fee typo?

Dale is right; here are the details from CA statutes: Since 1872, CA law has told CA courts to assume the parties to contracts in CA are reasonable, not crazy. If the literal reading of the contract ...
Just a guy's user avatar
  • 8,428
16 votes

What's the impact of this late fee typo?

The typo is corrected If the context makes it clear that the correct party to pay the fee is the lessee not the lessor then that’s how it will be read. It is not a requirement of contract ...
Dale M's user avatar
  • 205k
15 votes

California: Is there a grace period when signing an apartment lease?

Once I figured out the term I was looking for was "cooling off period" a google search led to this SFGate article which seems to say, no, there is no cooling off period in California. ...
gman's user avatar
  • 492
10 votes

Clarifying Escape Clause for Rental Agreement

I assume you are already living there? No, you can't use that clause, specifically because the "previous renter" is the person(s) who occupied the apartment prior to your moving in (the &...
Ron Beyer's user avatar
  • 9,235
9 votes
Accepted

Can you break a lease because the landlord refuses to evict another tenant who physically threatens the leaseholder?

California Civil Code 1946.7(a) says that A tenant may notify the landlord that the tenant intends to terminate the tenancy if the tenant, a household member, or an immediate family member was the ...
user6726's user avatar
  • 215k
7 votes

What's the impact of this late fee typo?

In addition to the existing answers, it seems you may be overlooking some basic matters. As long as you pay in time, nothing happens. If you pay late and the lessor doesn't do anything, nothing ...
MSalters's user avatar
  • 5,524
6 votes

What if my roommate doesn't pay his rent

You have not mentioned your jurisdiction or details on the lease, but generally tenants are jointly and severally liable - which means that if he does not pay his share, the landlord can pursue you ...
davidgo's user avatar
  • 3,480
6 votes

Break lease agreement due to COVID-19

No laws have been changed to create extra rights for tenants owing to covid-19. There are many ever-changing orders regarding eviction, whereby you can't presently be evicted, but these are temporary ...
user6726's user avatar
  • 215k
6 votes

Giving flat to roommate and vacating apartment?

You need absolute written buy in from the landlord. His agreement is with you, not this new person. If the new person stops paying for whatever reason, then landlord is coming after you.
WPNSGuy's user avatar
  • 524
5 votes

Drug dealer & criminal signed the lease agreement

The police (and any other involved public agencies) do not work for Steve. They make their own decisions. You didn't specify a location, and requirements to consent to a search vary by location. It ...
derobert's user avatar
  • 151
5 votes
Accepted

Living with roommate not on the lease

The landlord might be able to sue the tenant for actual damages arising from the double occupancy, if utilities are paid by the landlord. Two people tend to use more water than one person. ...
user6726's user avatar
  • 215k
5 votes

Incomplete building rented on commercial lease

Short Answer Can an incomplete and unsafe building be rented to a tenant on a commercial lease if the building never received a certificate of occupancy? Yes. Unless your lease says otherwise. Your ...
ohwilleke's user avatar
  • 206k
5 votes

Clarifying Escape Clause for Rental Agreement

If the Premises are not vacated by the current renter and all personal property removed therefrom by the Start Date, [...] The clause is pretty much in the contract to allow canceling it by either ...
Trish's user avatar
  • 37.7k
4 votes

Can a landlord break lease for city code enforcement renovations in CA?

The government of California has an extensive manual that says what you can and cannot do. To terminate a lease (a rental agreement for a year is a lease), there would have to be just cause for ...
user6726's user avatar
  • 215k
4 votes

Agent breaking the lease

In general, a properly signed lease is binding. But there are exceptions, and they vary depending on the jurisdiction: country, state/province, and even city or county in many places. You mention a ...
David Siegel's user avatar
4 votes

Will breaking a lease damage my credit score?

Breaking a lease doesn't directly affect your credit status. It can result in a bad recommendation from the landlord, in case a potential new landlord contacts your former landlord. The connection to ...
user6726's user avatar
  • 215k
4 votes

International student on a scholarship terminating early - lease break problems

Anybody who walks out on a lease obligation can be sued for the money that they owe. The only thing that leaving the country adds is complication over the landlord collecting. In principle, A can sue ...
user6726's user avatar
  • 215k
3 votes

Apartment mgt breaking lease before my move in

Your contract is the only relevant one in your relationship with your landlord If they have broken it you can sue for damages. However, you have to actually read the lease to see if they have broken ...
Dale M's user avatar
  • 205k
3 votes

Not paying property rent due to unlivable condition

Many states require an escrow of rent for habitability issues, simply not paying rent can be grounds for eviction proceedings. Illinois has a statute for deducting a repair from rent (765 ILCS 742/5)...
Mike's user avatar
  • 56
3 votes

What kind of lawyer should I speak with about getting out of a lease on the basis of breach of contract?

You want a lawyer who accepts tenant-side landlord tenant cases, usually a solo practitioner or small law firm or legal clinic. Medium to large sized law firms usually don't practice that kind of law ...
ohwilleke's user avatar
  • 206k
3 votes
Accepted

Can my landlord (who recently bought the property) change the terms of breaking a month to month lease?

From the time that the lease expired and you remained with permission, you had a shorter period of obligation and protection. I assume that the lease ended long ago, and you've been living there month ...
user6726's user avatar
  • 215k
3 votes
Accepted

Under California residential lease agreement are tenants considered as a single person?

As a general rule, legal language is interpreted loosely with respect to singular versus plural, or male versus female (in interpreting pronouns). A clause that uses the word "tenant" can thus be ...
user6726's user avatar
  • 215k
3 votes

Will breaking a lease damage my credit score?

united-states Quite possibly, yes. Depending on the terms of the lease you signed, you could be liable for the rent for the remainder of your lease term. If you stop paying the rent, your landlord ...
Michael Seifert's user avatar
2 votes

Under California residential lease agreement are tenants considered as a single person?

You are all the tenant jointly (meaning an act or omission by one of you is an act or omission by all of you) and severally (meaning you are each individually responsible for the obligations under the ...
Dale M's user avatar
  • 205k
2 votes
Accepted

Break lease after murder

Generally no, although state legislative proposals to allow this as a ground to break a lease have been considered in a number of places. You would have to show that being in the evidence zone ...
ohwilleke's user avatar
  • 206k
2 votes

Tenant-Landlord Breach of Contract

It appears from the description of facts that the landlord was obligated to clean the apartment, did not do so before the move-in, then presumably the tenant got the cleaning done and submitted the ...
user6726's user avatar
  • 215k
2 votes

Does a lease agreement survive change of owner?

You do not specify a jurisdiction where this house is located. I am answering on the assumption that it is located in the United States, based upon your word usage in the question, and am providing an ...
ohwilleke's user avatar
  • 206k
2 votes
Accepted

Grounds for Breaking a Lease : Health Risks due to Manager

The availability of legal liability for "risking" (i.e. placing someone at elevated risk of something bad happening when the bad thing doesn't actually happen) is a controversial and developing area ...
ohwilleke's user avatar
  • 206k

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible