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Old 12-18-2007, 11:16 AM
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Help, is there a law that limits the owner of a building to collect past rent? (Los Angeles, CA)

The owner of my building is telling me that I didn't pay some months of rent from 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 etc. and now owe 8 months of rent.

The reason it is hard for me to pull those rent checks is because I am a part time, live on property manager. I spend my own money and subtract it from the next rent so almost all my monthly rent amount varies from month to month.

I copy the receipts and checks and what ever is needed and send it in the following month or two months later with a breakdown and file it somewhere, either at home or at my "regular" full time job; depending where I worked on the paper work.

The same owner but 3rd person of the same family manages and makes decisions who has had numerous accountants like a revolving door, who apparently didn't take good record keeping on a yearly basis. They bring in yet another accountant and now tell me I owe 8 months of rent from 2001.

Is there a Statue of Limitation of how many years they can go back to their inconsistent records to collect past rent?

Now I have to order past statements and "all" checks because it's unidentifiable by amount since 2001 and think this is unfair that they didn't do this yearly.

Last edited by rentcontrol; 12-18-2007 at 11:21 AM.. Reason: clarify
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Old 12-18-2007, 12:03 PM
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Usually a landlord can only seek 12 calendar months arrears. So december 2006 is a far as the can go. If they try to evict then the may list everything in the complaint but the judge will award only 12 months back. As far as the 3-day notice, the problem is that the amount demanded in the notice has to be the correct amount, they can't add additional charges. Adding rent from way back to 2001 would mean the notice is defective and overstates rent due, you could argue that but if the judge is unfamiliar with the law (don't get a pro tem) then you'll lose and have to appeal or seek a new trial.

This is more a dispute in rent amount which is a defense but I've seen a judge that knows nothing about rent dispute as a defense evict a tenant.
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Old 12-18-2007, 02:13 PM
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Default Can they evict you?

Is there a law code that I can specify that they are only allowed 1 year or 2 year that I can refer to and show them? This way it can be written to them to show proof of all rent and recipes for the past 1 to 2 years so they can drop it but because I am in a rent control they probably will try anyway and I like to have written proof with codes to state that.

It's easier to prove and find the past 2 years not the past 5+ years. I do not plan on moving anytime soon either.

Thanks again.
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Old 01-10-2014, 03:49 PM
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Default California statute of limitation on contractually liable debt.

A civil judgment was passed on me in 2011 for contractually liable debt ($270,000). What is the statute of limitation for this debt? How do I resolve this debt?
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