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Author: JonathanRoth Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 4957  
Subject: CA Small Claims - lesson learned Date: 1/1/2013 1:46 PM
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I've been fairly lucky with avoiding court, in 11+ years, 1 eviction and 1 or 2 small claims actions. Each time I've gone to court I learn something and change my contract to reflect what I learned which is often not from my case but from listening to other cases.

Last week one of my tenants, who in turn is also a landlord was taken to small claims by one of his former tenants. Here's the back story:

My tenant, I'll call him Jim, gave a PIA tenant 45 days notice of termination (CA requires a 30 day minimum.) 10 days later the tenant moves out giving 1 day notice. As the property was in good shape Jim keeps 30 days rent as called for in the contract and in state law and refunds the rest of the security deposit.

The tenant sues claiming since Jim was terminating the tenancy, he had no right to keep any of the security deposit for rent.

The judge started to agree until Jim handed him a copy of the relevant CA Civil Code with the appropriate section highlighted. Decision in favor of landlord.

My take away:

Don't assume the judge is knowledgeable about Landlord/Tenant law, bring a copy of the relevant statutes with you.

For those of you with properties in CA here's a link to the appropriate section of CA civil code:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/waisgate?WAISdocID=6734648...

Section 1951.2 deals with early departure
Section 1950.5 deals with security deposits
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Author: sky1948 Two stars, 250 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 4699 of 4957
Subject: Re: CA Small Claims - lesson learned Date: 1/1/2013 10:28 PM
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When I click on the link all I see is a blank page.

Sue

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Author: JonathanRoth Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 4700 of 4957
Subject: Re: CA Small Claims - lesson learned Date: 1/2/2013 12:46 AM
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The CA server has been unavailable for the last day or so. Here's a link to the main search site:

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/calaw.html

Try selecting the Civil Code box (top right row)
and entering "1950" into the search box.

Right now it doesn't work, you can try again in a few days.

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Author: n8larson Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Ticker Guide Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 4701 of 4957
Subject: Re: CA Small Claims - lesson learned Date: 1/3/2013 11:34 AM
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this just popped into my mind:

Sue

If I ever have to take someone to court, all else equal I'd rather my lawyer be named Sue.

-n8

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