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Old 05-12-2008, 02:25 PM
 
Location: CA
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Unfortunately, there is a little piece of paper called a lease that binds you. Believe me, if it were that easy, myself and thousands of other people who get screwed by con-artist landlords would just pack up and leave. Again, unfortunately, since most landlords in Los Angeles are crooked scumbags, tenants are bound by a legal contract. I am posting here for solutions. I would appreciate if anyone has viable solutions or suggestions, but not "if you don't like it move". That isn't realistic.
Well there is something you can do... I was going to offer my advice (I own rental property in Los Angeles which happens to be smoke-free) but since you've lumped me into the "most landlords in Los Angeles are crooked scumbags" category, I think I'll just keep my info to myself. There's really no need to be nasty.
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Old 05-12-2008, 03:01 PM
 
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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Well there is something you can do... I was going to offer my advice (I own rental property in Los Angeles which happens to be smoke-free) but since you've lumped me into the "most landlords in Los Angeles are crooked scumbags" category, I think I'll just keep my info to myself. There's really no need to be nasty.
My sentiments exactly. The property I own (Dickens Street in Sherman Oaks) is absolutely smoke free and I treat my tenants very well. Always give gifts for christmas, new years and whatever holiday they celebrate.
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Old 05-12-2008, 03:19 PM
 
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Actually there is a beautiful loophole in a lease called "habitability". Cigarette smoke is a carcinogen and unhealthy. You can break your lease because the co-tenant renders your space uninhabitable. Move with happiness. I would strongly suggest living out your security deposit because your landlord will not return it.
I would advise seeking legal advice before breaking a lease do to a neighbors cigarette smoke...

I have dealt with habitability issues for years as an arbitrator and the definition keeps expanding... at one time habitability was limited to a checklist of items every habitable is required to have...

Here is what the California Department of Consumer Affairs has to say about Habitability...

California Tenants - California Department of Consumer Affairs
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Old 05-12-2008, 09:10 PM
 
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Well there is something you can do... I was going to offer my advice (I own rental property in Los Angeles which happens to be smoke-free) but since you've lumped me into the "most landlords in Los Angeles are crooked scumbags" category, I think I'll just keep my info to myself. There's really no need to be nasty.
Well, let's just say you're not in the "most" category. My wife is an attorney, so I've heard (and said) my share . . . Start changing the OP's opinion of LA landlords and give 'em some guidence.
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Old 05-25-2008, 04:48 PM
 
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Well there is something you can do... I was going to offer my advice (I own rental property in Los Angeles which happens to be smoke-free) but since you've lumped me into the "most landlords in Los Angeles are crooked scumbags" category, I think I'll just keep my info to myself. There's really no need to be nasty.
Notice that I said "most" not "all"....
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Old 07-24-2008, 08:05 AM
 
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Default smoking in apartments

I'm going thru this right now with the kids that live in front of me. When they first moved in they only smoked on the patio in front and with the breeze it blew away and no one noticed. Now they've changed for some reason and are smoking inside. I have to ask their downstairs neighbor, but my closet, bathroom, storage room and laundry reek of cigarette smoke. I can't say anything to the management....he's the complex managers son and his girlfriend is knocked up. I think the lease (if there is one) is in her name...at least that is what I heard through the grapevine. My coworkers have commented to me several times this week that I sound like I'm out of breath and I feel like I am. I am going to get an air purifier for the bathroom to see if that helps. I cannot store anything under the sink cabinet it reeks...guess it's coming through the pipes. I know it's not from downstairs. that apartment is empty right now and they've been cleaning it to rent.
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Old 07-24-2009, 05:52 AM
 
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Default smoking in apt.

I am a landlord, and my leases have a "no smoking in apartment" clause, which I do enforce.

Currently I am about to evict a tenant for smoking in their apartment. They signed a lease agreeing to NOT smoke in the apartment, and it is a violation of their lease to do so.

One reply stated to live out the security deposit. believe me that is a sure way to get sued.

Also, do you know that most reputable landlords now report to the credit agencies? A tenant violates my lease, and it will haunt them for 7 years.
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Old 07-24-2009, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Unfortunately, there is a little piece of paper called a lease that binds you. Believe me, if it were that easy, myself and thousands of other people who get screwed by con-artist landlords would just pack up and leave. Again, unfortunately, since most landlords in Los Angeles are crooked scumbags, tenants are bound by a legal contract. I am posting here for solutions. I would appreciate if anyone has viable solutions or suggestions, but not "if you don't like it move". That isn't realistic.
Golly, it sounds like you might be the ones that are being unrealistic. As long as smoking is legal and last I heard it was your neighbors can smoke on their porch or anywhere outside they want.

Have you talked to them about the smoking. Of course if they are smoking on the porch I don't know if that would do any good. If I were a smoker and smoking on my porch I don't think I would appreciate being told it was bothering my neighbors as smokers have to have someplace they can smoke.

If the lease doesn't say, no smoking on the property it sounds like you will have to put up with them until one of you can move, maybe if you had a little nicer attitude about renters and land lords it would help.

If they are smoking pot that would be a different story, it is illegal.

Nita
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Old 07-24-2009, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Woodland Hills, CA
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