Tenant Q&A

Q: On the second day of the month I received a 3-day notice to pay or quit because I did not pay the rent on the first day of the month. A friend of mine told me that there is a five day grace period to pay rent in California, is this true?
There is no law in California which establishes a mandatory grace period regarding the payment of rent. The grace period, if there is one, is established in the rental agreement between the landlord and tenant. If there is no mention of a grace period in the rental agreement then the rent is due on the day that is designated in the rental agreement, which is typically the first of the month.
Q: I've lived in my apartment for 15 years and the landlord just gave me a notice explaining that she is raising my security deposit. Can my landlord increase my security deposit after so many years of living in my apartment?
Yes, the landlord can increase your security deposit as long as the total amount does not exceed the limit set by California Civil Code section 1950.5(c). According to 1950.5(c), the total security deposit amount cannot exceed two times the monthly rent amount for unfurnished apartments or three times the monthly rent amount for furnished apartments.

Q:  I recently received a 60-day notice terminating my tenancy. Do I have to continue paying rent for the remainder of my tenancy?

According to California Civil Code 1946, a landlord can give a tenant a 60-day notice terminating the tenancy if the tenant has resided in the rental unit for a year or more, and a 30-day notice terminating the tenancy if the tenant has resided in the rental unit less than a year. The tenant is required to pay the full rent amount up to the date of termination. If the rent due date and the date of termination do not land on the same date, the tenant must pay a prorated amount of rent. Some cities, such as Los Angeles, have rent control ordinances which may require a landlord to provide relocation assistance to the tenant. Some rent control ordinances also mandate that a landlord cannot terminate a tenant’s tenancy without a “just cause” (legal reason) and requires that the landlord include the reason for the termination of the tenancy in the notice to vacate.

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