I was the live in caregiver for my mother who is buying a home in a 60+ trailer park. However, my mom passed away recently and now I am the heir to the property. The HOA has told me that because I am only 54 years old I cannot live in my house, I cannot rent it out to anyone whether they are 60+ or... Read more »
I believe the HOA may be correct. The Fair Housing Act exempts communities intended for people 55-62 or older to discriminate based on familial status. It appears that your mother’s trailer park caters only to residents who are over 60 years old. You have two options: either (1) find someone you...Read more »
Is the landlord recording the common area affecting your property or private areas inside your property? If private, I suggest contacting an attorney ASAP and get a restraining order and claim for possible damages.
The new owner of the foreclosed property needs to go through the eviction process to remove you from the property. If the property is tenant-occupied (as in your case), a 90-day notice is generally required before the bank can start the eviction process. If you have existing lease with the previous...Read more »
I am getting audited for 2018 for my short-term rental business in California ( LLC ) but all the receipts for the expenses have been stolen with other stuff in one of my apartments by guests during COVID and all the receipts I was gathering are gone. What should I do? How can I back... Read more »
If you paid those expenses using credit/debit cards, you may be able to use your bank statements or credit card statements as proof. If you paid cash, do your best to document your cash payments and explain to the auditor why you are unable to produce the receipts.
I recently moved to California for a job, I submitted my application for taking over someone's lease. After two weeks of the application he told me that his visa (he is moving to some other country) got delayed and now he cannot rent it to me.
The problem is that I have spent countless... Read more »
If you can prove that you have been reasonably induced to rely on a promise that the other party made, you may file a “detrimental reliance” claim if you can prove that the reliance caused you to suffer some kind of a harm or loss. If you had the agreement in writing, you would only need to...Read more »
“Self-help” evictions are illegal in California. Turning the water heater off or changing locks are activities that the landlord cannot do during the eviction process. If you can provide proof of such activities, you may have been illegally evicted and you may counter sue or use it as a defense...Read more »
My friend is starting up a business, he’s doing good and now needs a shop to work. He does not have the credit to lease a place. He asked me to help him lease in exchange for 10% of earnings. What would I have to report to the IRS or does his total earnings affect me in any way? I am aware I’m... Read more »
Although not mandatory, I hope you have this agreement in writing. The 10% payment in exchange for co-signing a lease is considered in the broad definition of gross income. So, the short answer is yes, it must be reported to the IRS. Your friend may also have an obligation to issue you a 1099, so...Read more »
With the presumption that you live in California, the income and expenses you claimed in your Sch. C are generally allowed in California with some exceptions. In preparing your CA return, you start with your adjusted gross income (AGI) then you adjust for additions and subtractions. For instance,...Read more »
Parenting and matrimony don’t necessarily have to co-exist when it comes to raising a child. Being a custodial parent means the child spends the majority of his or her time with you, unless you and the father share 50/50 custody. Hopefully, the court issued an order as to who will claim the...Read more »
To qualify for the rebate, I had to 1) Sell my current home to Zillow, 2) Purchase my new home through an approved Zillow real estate agent, and 3) Finance my new home through Zillow Home Loans. After all three requirements were met, I received a Rebate of 2% of my former home's selling... Read more »
You are correct. Generally when a company pays a customer compensation in the form of a rebate as an inducement to use their services (sell/buy/loan), that payment is not considered income. Price adjustments and rebates are not considered in the broad definition of gross income.
Based on your question, I would have to assume that the property was owned solely by spouse and there was no living trust or transfer on death deed. And I also would have to assume that you had to go to the court to petition for probate and the court decided that the property passes solely to you....Read more »
Normally, I am self-employed (independent contractor) freelance exec. assistant and run my business from my apartment and use Schedule C to deduct expenses for that business. However, from Jan. to Sept 2021 I collected Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and did not have any earned income and my PUA... Read more »
Just to clarify, it you looked for work unrelated to your business, the expenses may not qualify. However, if the expenses are related to maintaining your current business, they may qualify as expenses even if you didn't have earned income for that year.
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