Get superior quality representation for your landlord-tenant dispute
The relationships between landlords and tenants can involve a host of complex issues. Like all relationships, sometimes things go sour. Despite the fact that there is almost always a lease agreement spelling out each party’s rights and responsibilities, disagreements may arise. One or both parties may violate the terms of the lease or California law in way that is harmful or unfair to the other.
At this point, it is well worth involving an experienced landlord-tenant law attorney such as Perlmutter & Pourshalimi. Whether you are a tenant whose landlord is wrongfully withholding your security deposit, or a tenant dealing with health and safety problems that your landlord refuses to address, we can help.
Practical Solutions for Landlord-Tenant Disputes
At Perlmutter & Pourshalimi, we have extensive experience in resolving commercial and residential landlord-tenant disputes in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California. We represent tenants on issues including:
|Failure to pay rent||Maintenance/Repair|
|Damage to property||Eviction proceedings|
|Violations of lease provisions||Abandoned property|
|Premises liability||Security deposit disputes|
A well-crafted lease with clear terms can often make resolving disagreements easier and faster. There are many situations in which an attorney can help guide you to an efficient and cost-effective solution. Sometimes, litigation may not be necessary. A few strongly-worded notices from your lawyer can be a powerful motivator.
We’re Passionate About Tenants’ Rights
At Perlmutter & Pourshalimi, we’re passionate about helping tenants stand up for their rights. Whether you are facing an unfair eviction or struggling to get your landlord to do necessary maintenance on the property, we will help you understand your rights and options and then take any necessary legal steps on your behalf.
When Landlords Violate Tenants’ Rights
Landlords have many obligations to their tenants, including the duty to:
• Comply with all applicable housing and building codes that affect health and safety
• Make all repairs and do what is necessary to keep the premises fit and habitable
• Keep common areas in a clean and safe condition
• Maintain electrical, sanitary, heating, air-conditioning, ventilating, plumbing and other facilities in good and safe working order and condition
• Provide appropriate receptacles for waste and arrange for removal
• Supply running water and reasonable amounts of hot water at all times
• Supply reasonable amounts of heat during colder months
If your landlord has failed in any of these duties—or violated other provisions of your lease—contact us immediately. As your landlord-tenant law attorney, we can help you document the situation to prove that the landlord was aware of your complaint and failed to address it. You may be able to withhold rent until the situation is rectified, so long as your intention to do so is sent by certified mail at least a week in advance. You will still have to pay the rent, but it will be diverted pending a judge’s determination on the case.
Landlords Have Rights Against Tenants
When a landlord entrusts a tenant with their rental property, they have a right to expect the tenant will follow the law, which requires tenants to:
• Pay rent on time
• Comply with health and housing codes
• Keep the dwelling clean
• Remove garbage from the residence
• Refrain from damaging, defacing or destroying the residence
• Not disturb the peace
• Not abuse the systems furnished by the landlord
If you are a tenant who has failed to abide by these requirements—or any other requirements outlined in the lease—Perlmutter & Pourshalimi can help. As your landlord-tenant law lawyer, we can advise you of the available legal options you have for dealing with your situation.
With the exception of failure to pay rent, landlords must notify a resident of any shortcoming and provide one week to correct a problem. If the problem is not corrected, the eviction process may begin. In cases of non-payment of rent, the landlord can give written notice allowing for three days to pay rent or vacate the property. Once notified of an eviction, the tenant has five days to respond. If no response is given, the landlord will be granted default judgment.
A landlord is not allowed to force a tenant out by shutting off utilities, denying access to a property by changing the locks, removing personal property from the residence (unless it’s through a lawful eviction) or removing outside doors, locks, roof, walls or windows. If a landlord does this, a tenant can file a lawsuit for actual and consequential damages, or the amount of three months’ rent – whichever is greater – plus attorney’s fees.
Contact Us For a Free Consultation
Because California landlord-tenant law is complex, it is important to have an experienced landlord-tenant law attorney who will competently and aggressively fight to protect your rights. This is exactly what you get at Perlmutter & Pourshalimi. Call us today at 310-295-2236 or fill out the form below to discuss your options with an experienced attorney. Consultations are free and confidential.