You will want to refer to the rent control laws of the city where you are purchasing property to see if the tenants are protected under rent control or specific rights. After that your best bet if the tenant is not cooperating is to hire a lawyer to help you with your options. There are many great lawyers who handle evictions. Please let me know if you need a few referrals. I sell a ton of income property around Hollywood and can stear you in the right direction.
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Every city is slightly different and has more or less stringent rules when it comes to Rent Control, Rent Stabilization.
If you in fact need to terminate someones tenancy in order to for example move in yourself there might be, depending on the tenant and length of tenancy relocation costs associated which can become expensive.
Just to give you an idea, check out the various links below, like i said already, you will have to do your due diligence on a case by case basis, depending on which city the property is located in.
Good luck, please feel free to email or call with any further questions!
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Sherman Oaks. CA. 91423
Great question and one that needs special attention as City rules and regulations can change on a dime. A great resource is 311. Simply dial 311 and you'll be connected with the L.A. City information hotline. You will get a live person and explain to them what you need done. Most likely they will transfer you to the Rent Control Department. This is a good start to gather facts. However, also connect with the Apartment Owners Association http://(www.aoausa.com), as they represent the apartment owner, where as Rent Control can lean on the side of the tenant. AOA can also offer an several reputable eviction attorneys, who will also provide a lot of insight before the process begins.
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