A renter has leased with contract an unpermitted garage conversion. What rights does the renter have if the property sells and teardown is probable?

Asked by Dccnash, 08055 Sat Jun 18, 2011

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Rebecca Cham…, , Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Sat Jun 18, 2011
The tenant has all rights as if the space were legal. If the property falls under rent control then you must follow those relocation rules. If the property does not fall under rent control, then the tenant should be given time and notice to move. Sometimes they do and sometimes they don't and have to be evicted. Sometimes they come after the property owner for renting a non-habital space. I always think it's a good idea to go to them, ask them nicely to move and offer them financial assistance to do so. If they will agree on a time and amount, court can be avoided often.
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Spirit Messi…, Agent, Tucson, AZ
Sat Jun 18, 2011
Great legal question for an attorney.
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Jenny Durling…, Agent, Los Feliz, CA
Sat Jun 18, 2011
If the property you are talking about is in Altadena and NOT within the city of Los Angeles, you are in luck. Altadena is an unincorporated part of Los Angeles county and does not have rent control. Other nearby areas including Pasadena and South Pasadena do not have rent control either. If the property is not in a rent controlled area, you don't have to worry about paying relocation fees to the tenant. However, you DO need to honor the terms of the tenant's lease. Hopefully, you wil be able to come to a mutual decision to terminate the lease if your objective is to tear down the buidling. Best of luck with this!
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