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I need clarity regarding how to approach the Renters Insurance provider - after a landlord engaged in "menacing and retaliatory acts" that resulted in the landlord forcing renters out via threat of bodily harm and related threats that prevented contact after breaking point incident. Do I need a police report at least for them to take me seriously? Or do I need a Judgement that affirms the stuff is rightfully the renters?
JA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state the property is in?
Customer: California
JA: What are the terms of the lease? Any issues related to maintenance or upkeep?
Customer: The original Oral contract was for Jan 2021- July 2021, six months rent paid up front; light upkeep was implicit as the house was offered as a "cohousing" space. After July, rent was being paid but it gets complicated. No "issues" about maintenance - except for Investments made to the property by the renter in good faith of continued residency (such as replacing circuit breakers after unexpected fault)
JA: Is there anything else the Lawyer should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: There was a total of four people living in the cohousing space; the landlord (mortgage holder) Kevin Mayo; myself as renter and "property manager" (AJ Maspero); the Insured Renter who lost a Garage Shops worth of Machining Supplies and car parts, Ghassan Yaser; and another short term cohouser who did sign a lease between Kevin and AJ that mirrored terms as understood by all parties (Brittney Lynch) Kevin did not sign papers with AJ (me) or Gus (ghassan)Customer: Chat is completed
I have a family (husband, wife and two children renting an area in the back of my home. They have been there since November 2021. There is constant fighting, yelling, swearing, etc., going on. Well not constant but constant in the sense of every month from time to time. Since this was the first time I ever rented to a family, I tried to ignore it hoping it would pass. Finally when the neighbors began complaining about hearing them outside using the worst foul language, I knew I had to do something. I wrote them a letter explaining that if that continued, I would have to give a 30-day notice (per our contract each of us can give the other a 30-day notice). Well, it settled down for a time, but then it was back. Again, the neighbors called. I then wrote telling them I would be giving a 30 day notice. I plan to give this notice on Monday. Their rent is due on the 3rd of each month. If they refuse to pay for the last 30 days, and because of all the yelling, screaming and swearing, I would like to know how I am to proceed. Can you help me?
JA: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: I live in Elk Grove, California
JA: What steps have you taken so far?
Customer: All I have done so far was write the first letter warning them that if it happened again, I would give them a 30 day notice. A couple of weeks later (yesterday) it happened again. I texted both of them telling them I was sorry but I would have to give the 30 day notice because they were disturbing everyone around here. The woman responded by saying "Please stop harassing me. I don' need it." I wrote her back and I have the text messages. My printer broke last night so I haven't actually written the 30-day notice yet. My son is to put in my new printer tomorrow and I will proceed from there.
JA: Is there anything else the Lawyer should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: Well, I'm not sure. I've tried to help them because I know they were hard pressed (mistake I guess). Last month they were late on their rent. I did not charge the late fee because I've been trying to help them. I even told them that I would reduce the rent $200 in order to alleviate some of their financial issues. I have also told them that I am planning on selling my place probably around September. Originally I told her that my daughter really wants me to move near to her so the idea was they would rent until the end of April, then I'd give them a 30-day notice, they'd move at end of May. That would give me time to get my house ready for selling and putting on the market, She knew all this. She has asked my forgiveness and has cried on my shoulder and all kinds of stuff like that. I've tried to be patient and kind and understanding but they just have a multiplicity of issues between them. Their children are autistic and they may be also. She is on welfare and has shown me that she gets at least $1500 a month plus more for her autistic child. Her husband tries to work but much of their trouble stems from him not being a great provider. Plus, when she begins getting on him about it, he gets on her about a time she was unfaithful. Yes, I know too much information, but this is how it goes with them. I wish I had never felt sorry for them. Also, one other thing. In our contract are many rules: No pets, no smoking, no alcohol, no drugs, no overnight guests. When I rented the place, it was to Christina and her two children. I told her that her boyfriend at the time, Ethan, had to leave by 10 pm and could not stay the night. They got married in order to get around my rule. Now they try to blame me for their marriage by saying, "I was forced to get married." I've told them I didn't force them, they chose. My rules are just "no overnight guests". Anyway, these people seem like they will try to make trouble for me because when the rent was late and they only paid 2/3 of it, after a few days (I think about 4 or 5 days), I wrote to Ethan saying, "Any news when you can pay the rest of your rent?" He responded, "People have lives, People are busy. ...." I just want to do what I have to do to get them removed legally. Hopefully they will leave without too much trouble.
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