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3 things every tenant should know about lead paint

When you sign a lease and move into a new home or apartment, you likely do not expect that it will be a hazard to your health and the health of your family. This is exactly what happens, though, when there is lead paint present in your home. It is a well-known fact that this poses a serious risk to tenants, but it sometimes still appears in apartments and homes built when the use of lead paint was common.

3 signs your apartment is uninhabitable

When you originally moved into your apartment in Los Angeles, you were probably excited. With a fresh coat of paint, new carpet and working appliances, you were happy. But now, the honeymoon has ended. You might be dealing with unlivable conditions or late repairs. 

Why cockroaches in the home are a danger to your health

There are certain critters and creatures you never want to see in the place you call home, and cockroaches tend to rank high on the list. In addition to their unsightly, unsettling appearance, cockroaches can actually impact your health negatively, so it is in your best interest to have them removed from your home as quickly as possible while taking strides to keep them out for good.

Possible indications of lead paint exposure

Lead poisoning can have serious, lifelong effects, and children are often among its littlest victims. Even though lead paint is no longer in use, it remains prevalent in many older buildings, and your landlord has a duty to warn you of any potential exposure risks and minimize them as much as possible.

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.

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.

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.

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