What type of property do you live in? A single family home? Are there additional units on the property? If there are 2 or more units on the property, you may be subject to the Los Angeles Rent Stabilization Ordinance. I believe that Pacoima falls under the City of Los Angeles jurisdiction. An easy way to determine that is if LAPD responds to 911 calls...if they do, your covered. If the Sheriff Department does, your not.
Also, depending upon how long you have lived at this property, and if it is a single family home, the notice to vacate may be up to 90 days. A formal notice must be served. They can not just kick you out by telling you verbally.
However, you may want to call the Rent Stabilization Ordinance Hotline for the City of Los Angeles to check out your rights. 1-866-557-RENT
All the best,
See this link, http://www.dca.ca.gov/publications/landlordbook/catenant.pdf if you hover over the bottom of the page a gray bar will appear & you can click on the Adobe Acrobat Reader icon & then quickly get to pg. 50, bottom right hand corner verifies what I said above about 60 days notice.
Just call your landlord or call the agent back & refer him or her to this pdf link about tenant rights, it is going to likely be in the landlord's or the buyer's best interest to either let you stay OR buy you out, depending on if the new owner is an investor & wants you to stay (which that doesn't sound like the case) or the buyer wants to move in. So, if you can move out in 30 days & then ask for 1mo worth of rent to help you put up a security deposit at the next place.
Emily S. Knell
Realtor Since 1996
Realty ONE Group
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