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Old 02-02-2011, 04:57 PM
 
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new carpet, paint, linoleum. I'm friendly w my landlady who, when asked the above questions, always says, "we don't have to do any of this." My apt is ok, rent controlled, in a cool part of Venice, but shabby. I know, I know, paint myself, but I'm not good at it, and feel the owners should bear some responsibility after all these years.

Anyone have any ideas? Thanks!
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Old 02-02-2011, 06:54 PM
 
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That is the problem with rent controlled apartments, there is no incentive for the landlord to keep you happy.
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Old 02-02-2011, 06:58 PM
 
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well she is right. If the owners dont want to update, then they dont have to. If you want all those things and you find a place comparable I would move. Personally, I would move if the landlord wasnt going to do any of that, especially carpet that old. That should be replaced at the very least
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Old 04-23-2011, 04:03 PM
 
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Default Show Them Who Is Boss

Landlords never want to fix up a place and will only do it as a last resort. Turn in a Lease Termination / Move-Out letter and there is a good chance the Landlord will cave to keep you as a Tenant. If not, you get to move to a better place. Win-Win!
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Old 04-23-2011, 04:53 PM
 
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^Why would a landlord cave to keep a long term rent controlled tenant? If I was a greedy landlord, I'd want the rent controlled tenant out! There's always people wanting to move in, especially in a fairly desirable place like Venice.

PS rent control sucks
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Old 04-23-2011, 05:03 PM
 
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looks like your between a rock and a hard place. one option would be to paint the place yourself and buy some rugs
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Old 04-23-2011, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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Yeah, what you said. My experience with rent control was similar. The landlord didn't do anything except the most basic maintenance. If I did have a problem and called the office, the maintenance voice mail box was always full.

To the OP, you're kind of stuck. As long as there are no safety or health issues, your landlady is not required to repaint, recarpet, etc.

After 17 years there, I'm sure you're paying well below market rate, so even if it took her three months to find someone else at the current market rate, in the long run it would be better for her bottom line.

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^Why would a landlord cave to keep a long term rent controlled tenant? If I was a greedy landlord, I'd want the rent controlled tenant out! There's always people wanting to move in, especially in a fairly desirable place like Venice.

PS rent control sucks
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Old 04-23-2011, 10:22 PM
 
Location: earth?
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You're so fortunate you have rent control. I don't know the rules, but imagine it would be worth it to do any improvements yourself. It is not that difficult to paint! Just take one room at a time. If it hasn't been painted in 17 years, it is LONG overdue.

Read your contract to see if there is anything you can get them to do. Maybe they would pay for the paint.
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Old 04-24-2011, 01:12 PM
 
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"You're so fortunate you have rent control."

I guess I just do not understand? What is "fortunate" about being stuck in a sub-standard un-maintained apartment for 17+ years?
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Old 04-24-2011, 03:06 PM
 
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^The alternative for most of these rent controlled people is to live in a mor expensive, sub-standard, unmaintained apartment in a far worse area.

Rent control lets people live cheap in desirable places like North Santa Monica, Main Street Santa Monica, West Hollywood.... I see people in my apartment complex who have the exact same setup as I do yet are paying under half of what I do! And I'm sure they're getting the same services as me.
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