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California Tenant's Rights (17th edition) by Janet Portman, David Wayne Brown

By Janet Portman, David Wayne Brown

Thousands have trusted California Tenants' Rights considering the fact that 1971! Many tenants need to care for roommates who do not pull their weight, associates who sometimes interact in unlawful actions and landlords who have no idea -- or will not persist with -- nationwide or nation legislation and native lease ordinances. With California Tenants' Rights, you should have what you want to comprehend and negotiate a rent, investigate cross-check a condo ahead of relocating in, struggle discrimination, get wanted upkeep and upkeep, care for a nosy landlord, holiday a hire with minimal fall-out, get your safeguard deposit again, work out principles for hire raises and struggle an eviction. The seventeenth version is totally up-to-date with the newest legislation and authentic felony types, and now covers the hot financial ruin principles and the way it impacts evictions. (20090101)

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Get Organized Before you start looking for a place, decide: • how much you can afford to pay • what your space and living needs are • how long you plan on staying, and • what sort of area you want to live in. Be realistic both as to your budget and as to what is available, and set definite guidelines in ad­vance. If you can’t find a place that meets your guidelines, don’t change them without taking time to think the matter over carefully. Some of the worst and most costly mistakes are made by people who sign a lease or put down a deposit at the end of a long, frustrating day only to ­realize later that the place is unsuitable.

It is crucial that you read the entire lease or rental agreement and under­stand it ­be­fore you sign it. If the main document refers to an­other document such as “house rules,” make sure you read a copy of these, too. If there is any part of the written document that you don’t understand, get ad­vice—but not from the people who want you to sign it. If you want your rights protected, you will have to see to it yourself. Legally, a written agreement can be typed or written down in longhand on any kind of paper, in any words, so long as the terms are legible.

It is not valid. ) Waiver of Jury Trial One variation on this provision says that you waive your right to a trial by jury in any eviction law­suit brought by the landlord. It is not valid. ) Similarly, a lease clause in which the tenant agrees that any lawsuit concerning the lease or its implementation will be tried before a judge without a jury is void. (Grafton Partners LP v. Superior Court (PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP), 36 Cal. ) Keep in mind that you and the landlord may still decide, once litigation has begun, that you will submit the case to a judge and not a jury.

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