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John Souerbry, Real Estate Pro in Palo Alto, CA
John Souerbry answered:
Does Rental Agreement supersede CA state law for pre-move out inspection?
California Civil Code 1950.5 guarantees your right to request a pre-inspection prior to move out, regardless of what the lease says.
The landlord has 21 days to return your deposit, ei ... more
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Caroline Har…, Real Estate Pro in Granada Hills, CA
Caroline Harabedian answered:
Can my cousin, who lives in san francisco, be my cosigner for an apt in LA?
That should be acceptable as long as the landlord is okay with it (it's not bizarre).

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0 votes Share Flag Fri Apr 5, 2013 Rental Basics in 90034
Carlos Parra…, Real Estate Pro in Monrovia, CA
Carlos Parrague answered:
I am currently living in LA County and my contract is up in September. However, my mails and packages have been missing, cars got damaged and
The deposit is usually for the Landlord to insure that upon your exit that you have not damaged the property excessively and that you are current in your rent. So, giving it to you bef ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Apr 2, 2013 Rental Basics in 91792
Tony Warfield, Real Estate Pro in Torrance, CA
Tony Warfield answered:
HELP. I NEED to rent out my second home.
I have never heard of a bank foreclosing on a technical default before. Loans are written based on the borrowers intentions. Over time home owner's situations change and loans ar ... more
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Rich Homer, Real Estate Pro in 34108
Rich Homer answered:
Hello all!! Just wondering if there is any real estate agents who can help 4 flight attendants looking for a safe reasonable apartments near lax???
Engage a local Licensed Real Estate Broker by clicking "Find a Pro" in the header of this website.
0 votes Share Flag Mon Mar 11, 2013 Rental Basics in Los Angeles
Allan S. Gla…, Real Estate Pro in Los Angeles, CA
Allan S. Glass answered:
Can I terminate my rental agreement 1 months in advance?
Dear Kaiclausschmidt,

First two things... Congratulations on the new job and I must note that I'm answering this question without reviewing your lease agreement. You may wish to con ... more
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Emily S. Kne…, Real Estate Pro in Huntington Beach, CA
Emily S. Knell answered:
How do you find a rental unit with bad credit score, even though you have great rental history, including 7 years in one place???
Write an awesome cover letter about yourself, include a photo, go totally IT & do a short YouTube video on yourself. Try your best to meet the landlord in person. You're a worthy rent ... more
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Eliseo Areba…, Real Estate Pro in Los Angeles, CA
Eliseo Arebalos answered:
Property Management for an SFR,fees?
Hello AM,

Generally speaking, management fees can vary based on a number of factors. If you will be responsibile for leasing and qualifying tenants, then the fees could be less. If ... more
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James Sanchez, Real Estate Pro in Burbank, CA
James Sanchez answered:
Need agent for handling rental with existing tenant, owner oversea
Sounds like you need a lawyer and an agent.

Good luck,

0 votes Share Flag Fri May 31, 2013 Rental Basics in 90046
Suzanne MacD…, Real Estate Pro in 07856
Suzanne MacDowell answered:
Why does Trulia have so many fake rental listings?
There are a lot of con artists out there these days targeting tenants. They are most prevalent on Craig's list. The scammers find a house for sale on some website then steal the photo ... more
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Caroline Har…, Real Estate Pro in Granada Hills, CA
Caroline Harabedian answered:
What are some tips for a first time landlord?
A first time landlord should be careful of who they choose as a tenant, rather than quickly trying to get any old tenant in the unit. A quality tenant is easy to recognize if you know ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Dec 11, 2012 Rental Basics in Greater Wilshire / Hancock Park
John K. Byers, Real Estate Pro in North Hollywood, CA
John K. Byers answered:
What kinds of tax advantages do landlords receive?
That depends on the type of financing, type of building, and whether one of the units will be occupied by the owner. If it's a 1-4 unit building and the owner is occupying one of t ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Dec 3, 2012 Rental Basics in North Hollywood
Laura Feghali, Real Estate Pro in Stamford, CT
Laura Feghali answered:
Crazy situation here
Hello Patricia,
Wow! I wonder if the tenants that you have been paying the rent to have the authority to be "sub-leasing" the guest house. Do you have a written lease agreement wi ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat May 18, 2013 Rental Basics in 91301
Kawain Payne,…, Real Estate Pro in Long Beach, CA
Kawain Payne, Realtor, Notary answered:
What are some tips for renters to negotiate lease renewal terms?
If owner is in no hurry to sale the home, the best thing to do is offer an extended term. Try two years rather than one year at renewal.

It will also help if you have been a good ten ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Nov 20, 2012 Rental Basics in 90036
Jane Peters, Real Estate Pro in Los Angeles, CA
Jane Peters answered:
Will I get my deposit back?
The short answer is, probably not. Month to month or not, you still have to give one month's notice. But this is a question for tenants hotline.
0 votes Share Flag Wed Oct 31, 2012 Rental Basics in 90020
Walter 'Skip'…, Real Estate Pro in 92870
Walter 'Skip' Kersten answered:
When renting a house should the owner pay the utilities or do the tenants pay?
It is the norm that the tenant pay for all utilities. Items like lawn or pool maintanence are often paid by the landlord.
Good luck,
0 votes Share Flag Mon Oct 22, 2012 Rental Basics in Rowland Heights
Dorene Slavi…, Real Estate Pro in Culver City, CA
Dorene Slavitz answered:
First time to rent...
Dear Scanf,
Have you looked at Torrance and or Westchester? Both areas have resonable rentals. Stay away from beach areas generally they are in high demand and higher in rent.
0 votes Share Flag Thu Oct 18, 2012 Rental Basics in Los Angeles
Dwayne R. Sa…, Real Estate Pro in Glendora, CA
Dwayne R. Saunders answered:
How much down payment?
Good question! :)

With an FHA purchase loan, you only need 3.5% down payment (3.5% of the purchase price of the home). Conventional purchase loans: some let you put 5%, 10%, 15% or ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Oct 18, 2012 Rental Basics in Whittier
Laura Coffey, Real Estate Pro in Valencia, CA
Laura Coffey answered:
I've live in my townhome for 15 years and am wanting to rent it out... I know there are things I need to do to update the place, but my question
I would not put too much money into a rental first of all. Second I would disclose about the renovation and see if you can still find someone to rent it out. Maybe offer lower rent duri ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Nov 22, 2012 Rental Basics in Playa del Rey
Tim Moore, Real Estate Pro in Nags Head, NC
Tim Moore answered:
Hi. I share an apartment with 4 people. Due to an arguement, they want me to move. I am on the lease. What are my rights?
You are asking for a legal opinion in which case you need to ask a lawyer. If you want a personal opinion I'd say if you are on the lease you can stay in the rental since you are partia ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Sep 15, 2012 Rental Basics in 91606
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