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Tenants Are Legally Allowed To Do What in California?

Written by Dave Roberson on . Posted in For Tenants, Landlords

AA bad-landlord electricityTenants in California, by law, are entitled to rental property that is habitable.  In other words, it must meet basic health and safety standards and is in generally good repair.  Habitability is a function of the building codes combined with common sense workability.  When a tenant is presented with a problem like a broken pipe, a failed water heater, or a defective electrical system they are granted certain statutory rights.

If a landlord or property management company fails to repair or adequately address the issue, once given proper notice, then the tenant has remedies. First, the tenant can pay for the repairs themselves and deduct the cost of the repairs from their rent.  Second, the tenant can withhold rent.  Third, the tenant can call the local code enforcement officer for an inspection which could lead to administrative problems for the landlord.  Fourth, the tenant can file a lawsuit against the landlord.  Finally, the tenant may move out without giving any further notice provided the breach of habitability is sufficient to warrant such action.

Legal Tax Deductions For Rental Properties

Written by Dave Roberson on . Posted in Landlords, Palo Alto, Property Management, Silicon Valley Real Estate Investing

AA Expenses ReceiptsCalcAre you a rental property owner? If so, it’s great isn’t it?  You receive income from the rents, also known as other people’s money (OPM), and you realize capital appreciation from the equity gains in the value of the property – a rising tide raises all boats.  In fact using OPM is a great strategy for paying for your child’s college education, and providing a passive income stream for yourself in your retirement.  The key is buying and holding onto an investment property as soon as possible and taking full advantage of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) allowable deductions and expenses.  Becoming educated about this investment strategy is easy, fun, and should be taught to your children.

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We manage residential and commercial rental properties in San Jose, Campbell, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Los Altos Hills and every point in between.

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