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Can I move out before my lease is up?

Renting an apartment in the Los Angeles area comes with a lot of rules. Knowing your rights and responsibilities can help you avoid many types of difficult situations.

One common question people ask is whether they can break their lease. There are many reasons a tenant might want to move out before the lease is up. Maybe you found a better place, took a job in another state or are sick of dealing with problems at your current location. Certain circumstances do allow you to break a lease.

3 common signs of a bed bug infestation

Bed bugs cause discomforting living conditions. If you wake up itchy or notice other suspecting signs, you might be wondering if you have an infestation. You might brush off some signs at first only to realize the problem is worse than you thought.

While detecting a bed bug infestation might seem difficult at first, you can start by looking out for a few clear signs. Keep reading to learn about the most common symptoms of bed bugs in your apartment with information from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

My Car Dealer Demanded That I Return My New Car But Won't Give Me My Trade-In Vehicle Back, What Are My Rights?

In California, if you recently purchased a vehicle with dealer financing, the dealer is allowed to cancel the contract within 10 days of the contract being signed. If the dealer chooses to cancel the contract within the time allowed, the dealer must give its customer back everything the customer provided to complete the sale. This means that if you traded in a vehicle to purchase the new car, then the dealer must give you the trade-in vehicle back immediately. If the dealer attempts to cancel the contract after 10 days, you are not required to return the new vehicle because the dealer waited too long to attempt to the cancel the contract.

Does My Car Sales Contract Allow The Car Dealer To Back Out Of The Sale?

If you recently purchased a vehicle and are now receiving a call or letter from your car dealer saying it wants the car back, check your sales contract to see if the dealer has the right to back out of the agreement. Typically, there is a provision called "Seller's Right to Cancel" on the back of the long yellow copy of the contract you were given at the time of purchasing the vehicle. In California, this contract provision usually states that the car dealer has 10 days to back out of the agreement. Although this is a typical provision always double check your contract before returning the vehicle. If your contract does not have this provision or the dealer first contacts you about returning the vehicle after 10 days, you most likely do not need to return the vehicle.

How To Research If A Hotel Or Apartment Has Had Bed Bug Complaints?

The internet has made it easy for customers and tenants to research and/or report bed bug issues with hotels and apartment complexes. If you have had a bed bug infestation in your apartment or have found bed bugs at a hotel room you have stayed at you can document your experience at bedbugregistry.com and bedbugs.net. Yelp.com is also a good site to document your experience with bed bugs. These sites are also great for potential tenants and hotel guests to research apartments and hotels prior to moving in or planning a trip to make sure that there have not been frequent infestations.

If the automobile dealer cancels/rescinds the sales contract, what will happen?

If your auto dealer calls you within the 10-day period after signing the vehicle sales contract, the dealer has most likely lawfully cancelled/rescinded your automobile sales contract. What should happen and what does happen is often very different. What should happen is you give back the car, and the dealer gives you back any down payment and/or trade-in vehicle that you provided at the time of the sale. Basically, when you return the car, you should be given back everything you gave the dealer.

Is Your Car Dealership Demanding That You Return The Vehicle That You Just Bought?

Unfortunately, it is all too common for the following scenario to occur: a consumer goes to an automobile dealership, finds a vehicle to purchase, signs the paperwork, provides the down payment, and drives off with the car. The consumer believes he or she just bought a car and the sale is complete, right? But, several days or weeks later the dealership calls the consumer and demands that he or she return the car.

What you need to know about lead paint in your home

The visible condition of the home you are renting may not be a guarantee that it is a safe place for you and your family to live. Lead paint can be a problem in homes built before 1978, and your landlord might not even be aware of it.

Having a professional inspect your home may be expensive, and your landlord may not want to foot the bill. However, this is an instance where it is worthwhile to investigate for yourself.

What conditions make a California rental legally uninhabitable?

As someone who rents a California property, you have certain rights, and one of those involves the right to a habitable, livable space. Essentially, this means it must be fit to house human life and that it adheres to all building, energy and health codes designed to ensure safety and optimum health for the renting population.

Regrettably, not all rental properties meet these standards. Worse yet, some landlords downright ignore them. The following is a list of some of the things your rental unit must have to be legally habitable in the eyes of the law.

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