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Old 09-06-2014, 10:06 PM
 
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Hello,

I live in Los Angeles, CA and was looking to rent 2 of the 5 empty bedrooms in my house but I'm not sure how to go about doing that.

-What is a trusted rent agreement/contract that I can find online?
-Do I need to obtain any kind of permit or license since I am living in the home and the tenants will technically be housemates?
-What is the maximum amount of people I can have living in the home? I have a family of four living in the house.

Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you!!
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Old 09-06-2014, 11:15 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Hello,

I live in Los Angeles, CA and was looking to rent 2 of the 5 empty bedrooms in my house but I'm not sure how to go about doing that.

-What is a trusted rent agreement/contract that I can find online?
-Do I need to obtain any kind of permit or license since I am living in the home and the tenants will technically be housemates?
-What is the maximum amount of people I can have living in the home? I have a family of four living in the house.

Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you!!
No matter what you call them, house mates, room mates, they are still tenants, and as tenants, you need to obtain a CO (certificate of occupancy before renting.
Bob.
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Old 09-07-2014, 12:29 AM
 
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Also know your rights and obligations. You can not get that ACCURATE info online or from your reseaech. Get an attorney specializing in renting property and have him advise you and draw up any contracts. If you don't you couls end up with squatters who know the law better than you.
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Old 09-07-2014, 07:55 PM
 
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Wow...You sound very inexperienced....Renting rooms in your own home, lots of variables. Educate yourself thoroughly....see if ppl you know have friends or someone you at least have some knowledge of need a room.

Edit: Did you say that you already have a family of four living there? Are they aware that you are renting the other rooms? I would be worried about doing this......so much could go wrong.....Wonder what your liability would be?
Can they not afford to pay the full rent?? Perhaps you need to evict them, and rent the house out to someone who can.

Once you advertise, there are all kinds of issues that you'll need to be aware of....not renting to someone could be considered discrimination...Be cautious...Remember that recent Nanny situation....This Fired Nanny Won't Leave Her Employer's House Unless They Agree to Her Crazy List of Demands | E! Online
California Landlord tenant rights http://www.dca.ca.gov/publications/l...k/catenant.pdf
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Old 09-07-2014, 09:49 PM
 
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JanD, I'm not sure you understood my question.
I am living in the house now, along with my husband and 2 kids.
I have screened very carefully some prospective tenants, I just don't know if I need to get a permit or not to allow them to stay in the 2 extra bedrooms.
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Old 09-07-2014, 09:50 PM
 
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Thank you HarryKerryJr. Do you know if living in Los Angeles requires me to get a permit for something like this?
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Old 09-07-2014, 09:51 PM
 
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Thanks CALGUY!
Is the CO similar to a permit?
Sorry, this is all new to me.
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Old 09-08-2014, 10:55 AM
 
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Two kids? Hope "screened very carefully" means you paid for a deep criminal background check.
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Old 09-09-2014, 05:44 AM
 
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JanD, I'm not sure you understood my question.
I am living in the house now, along with my husband and 2 kids.
I have screened very carefully some prospective tenants, I just don't know if I need to get a permit or not to allow them to stay in the 2 extra bedrooms.
Got you....So you are the family living in the home.....I think that makes it more critical that you watch that link I shared with you. If things go wrong, people don't always just leave when you ask them too. And, I agree with the above poster.....Criminal background is critical.....you never know who you are inviting in. Good luck to you
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