New Building Owner
Do you live in an apartment that has just come under new management or new ownership? Sometimes new owners try to evict clients so that they may increase the rent in their building. This article will explain some of the most prevalent ways a new landlord tries to take advantage of tenants, especially through eviction and harassment. Thus, in the very least, all tenants should understand their rights under new management or ownership.
- Harassment: A landlord may not, under any circumstances, harass or discriminate against a tenant based on their race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, ancestry, familial status, source of income, disability, or genetic information. Landlords who engage in such discrimination are in violation of state and Federal laws and may be subject to civil damages, fines, and attorney’s fees.
- Intimidation to Move-Out: Similarly, a landlord may not steal or conceal a tenant’s personal property in an attempt to influence the tenant to leave, or attempt to influence the tenant to leave by the use, or threatened use, of force, willful threats, or menacing conduct that interferes with the tenant’s quiet enjoyment and/or creates an apprehension of harm in a reasonable person. Unlike the above-mentioned forms of harassment, the tenant does not have to be evicted or constructively evicted to obtain relief.
- Change in Terms without Adequate Notice: Finally, there are limits to the type and frequency of changes that can be made to tenancy. Where you have a fixed term lease, for example, a one-year term, neither the landlord or tenant may change the terms of tenancy without the express agreement of the other party. In a month-to-month lease, tenancy changes cannot take effect until after a period at least as long as the term of the rental period itself, which means as to tenancies from month-to-month, at least a 30-day notice must be given.
Since 1995, Castelblanco Law Group has been dedicated to helping tenants understand and assert their rights. For more information about your rights, call (213)-388-6004 or visit their website at www.castelblanco.com. The information presented in this column is for educational purposes only. You should seek the advice of an attorney regarding your individual situation.