Tenants have rights. By California law and city code, landlords are obligated to
provide housing that satisfies certain standards and they must follow rules for eviction,
relocation, and return of your security deposit. If you have been mistreated by a
landlord or a management company, we are prepared to work for you to get you the
compensation that you deserve.
At the Law Office of Robert L. Starr we represent tenants, not landlords, in matters
involving unlawful eviction, illegal rent increases, and failure to maintain proper
living conditions. To schedule a free consultation, E-Mail our office or call 818-225-9040.
Take Action Against Landlords & Property Management Companies
If your tenant rights are being violated by the apartment manager or property owner,
it is important that you know you have the right to act. We encourage you to speak
with a lawyer about your rights and what can be done about issues affecting your
living situation in an apartment or rented house. Typical illegal practices include:
Increasing the rent beyond what is legally acceptable
Extra charges affecting the return of your security deposit
Holding back the interest earned from your deposit
Refusing to pay full relocation fees
Not paying increased relocation fees for disabled tenants
Lacking proper written notices
Failure to maintain the rental house, condo, or apartment
Basic service problem issues – plumbing, heating, water temperature, leaks, etc.
Your Health May Be at Stake
Health and safety issues can be present in property improperly maintained by management
companies and landlords. If your rental has peeling lead paint, mold, broken windows,
sewer / sewage problems, rodents (mice & rats), or insects such as cockroaches, and
your landlord or property manager has not fixed these problems - speak with an experienced
attorney as soon as possible.
Are You Living in a Registered Rental Unit?
Many landlords are not following the City of Los Angeles rules regarding registering
rental condominiums and apartments built before 1979 with the housing department.
If you are renting or have rented an unregistered property that should be registered,
you may be due money since your rent increases and security deposit handling may
have been unlawful.
You are Protected Against Retaliation
Property owners, management companies, and landlords do not have the right to retaliate
against you because you have reported an alleged violation. If you have taken an
action against them, they cannot use that as a reason to raise your rent, withhold
services, threaten eviction or do anything else to intimidate you to settle or move
Consultations are Free - Contact Us Today
If you have questions about an issue with your landlord, contact our firm. We are
happy to discuss your situation over the phone or in person. Call 818-225-9040.