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Old 08-13-2007, 10:59 AM
 
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Our friend lives in a rent control apartment in Los Angeles. He works in the film industry and went on location for six weeks. Before leaving he mailed off his July rent and sent a check for the August rent when he was away. His July rent check was never cashed and when he returned, he found an eviction notice and his August rent check returned. The landlord refused to take payment, even though this was a simple postal mistake and referred our friend to their attorney. As our friend has lived their seven years, I'm sure the landlord is eager to get rid of him since he would be able to raise the rent quite a bit. Where can our friend get legal advice to fight this eviction and does he have a chance at winning?
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Old 08-13-2007, 12:30 PM
 
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The courthouse offers free advice on the first Tues/ Thurs of the month
in Long Beach county. (A couple of attorney's volunteer about
2-3 hours to tenants/ landlords etc.)

He may be able to find out if the same applies in Los Angeles.
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Old 08-13-2007, 11:21 PM
 
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I'm sure that he has a chance at winning - you never know. But I think that postal errors are no excuse for not paying the rent on time according to the law. The landlord should have called him and asked about the rent check (I would have) out of courtesy. If payment is not recieved that is grounds for eviction (even in a rent control area) and I can't think if there are any exceptions to that. If there is I would like to know myself:-)
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Old 08-14-2007, 03:32 PM
 
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Our friend lives in a rent control apartment in Los Angeles. He works in the film industry and went on location for six weeks. Before leaving he mailed off his July rent and sent a check for the August rent when he was away. His July rent check was never cashed and when he returned, he found an eviction notice and his August rent check returned. The landlord refused to take payment, even though this was a simple postal mistake and referred our friend to their attorney. As our friend has lived their seven years, I'm sure the landlord is eager to get rid of him since he would be able to raise the rent quite a bit. Where can our friend get legal advice to fight this eviction and does he have a chance at winning?
that is not grounds for eviction. If the landlord did not receive the July check, he should have contacted the tenant by phone or email or otherwise. Does your friend have any record that he attempted to make payment? A copy of the July check? The envelope that was returned by the post office?

I would write a letter to the landlord and include in it checks for the two months payment. Explain that you tried to pay the rent. Also explain the situation. State in the letter than you never received a note from the landlord that he did not receive the payment. And since you did attempt to pay him, this is not grounds for eviction. It's very difficult to evict.

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Old 05-16-2013, 01:36 PM
 
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Tenant Evictions Are Done Through The Court Process Only
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