The good news is that the 1st District Court of Appeals dealt Gwendolyn Smith and her attorney Gary Levinson a loss. The bad news is that according to reports that have come into my office, Gwendolyn Smith is back in Sonoma County. Two callers reported to me that they saw her in Sebastopol living with a friend of hers who purports to be a yoga instructor. Landlords remember to perform background checks on your potential tenants.
A tenant must use ordinary care for the preservation of the premises in safety and in good condition [see CC § 1928 ], and must repair all deteriorations or injuries to the premises occasioned by the tenant's want of ordinary care [see CC § 1929 ]. A tenant must use leased property in such a way as to avoid waste.
The Fair Employment and Housing Act makes it unlawful discrimination and harassment to discriminate against a person because of a disability, which includes but is not limited to, any physical or mental disability as defined by California Law.
Imagine that you or your property management company is suddenly hit with a civil lawsuit. The suit is filed under the Consumer Protection Act for violating the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA's) Lead-Based Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule.