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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Business Law, Land Use & Zoning and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: I live in a mobile home park. There is a stream that runs under my mobile home. A walk bridge is build directly behind

my Mobile home. I pay rent on space. The bridge is rotten and needs repairs. Am I wrong thinking the park owners are responsible for repair?

Manuel Alzamora Juarez
Manuel Alzamora Juarez answered on Jun 6, 2019

No. Your park owner has the responsibility of maintaining his property.

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1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for California on
Q: I bough a land on 2017 and now they said half of the land I bough isn't mine, what do I need to do on this?
Vincent Gallo
Vincent Gallo answered on Apr 23, 2019

It would be wise to file a claim under your title insurance policy.

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: I've been living in this house since 2014 is now 2019 I have tried to work with the landlord to fix certain things in hi

I have no heat water leaks from the ceiling the light fixtures you can cut the lights on when it rains cuz the water come through the lightbulb the world least outside I have mold in it in the garage on complete bathroom in the garage windows missing holes in the roof I've been living like this... Read more »

Manuel Alzamora Juarez
Manuel Alzamora Juarez answered on Mar 30, 2019

You need to hire an attorney ASAP. Best of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Land Use & Zoning, Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for California on
Q: Can I sue my landlord for breach of contract emotion distress among other things as well. My landlord will not honor

Our agreement on my having my bf sleepover on occasion.we agreed that he'd pay $20 per night it was never discussed any limit or that special rules . I even asked so we could be clear on all the rules my landlord refused to discuss it and for.now reason now banned him from.evrn coming into the... Read more »

Manuel Alzamora Juarez
Manuel Alzamora Juarez answered on Mar 27, 2019

Your landlord is a jerk and may be acting illegally. You have a right to have visitors in your apartment. If you rent a room in his house, that may be different. If he interferes with your BF visiting you, notify him that he is not staying overnight. See what he says about that, If he says he... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning, Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for California on
Q: What motion can I file at this point? Originally my mom was being sued by a tenant in common.

The plaintiffs lawyer just asked for a judgement to be found by the court. My dad made the actual payments on the land. After he was murdered at a job that he took at the in insistence of the plaintiff, the plaintiff paid the taxes. Til his death my dad had been paying all expenses including the... Read more »

Thomas A. Grossman
Thomas A. Grossman answered on Feb 11, 2019

There is not enough information in your request for me to give you a decent answer to your question. I don't know what Court you are in, or in which County the case is pending; I don't know who the "tenant-in-common" is that you refer to. Is it your mother or someone else? And why is the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning, Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for California on
Q: I rent a room in my landlords home. I installed a locking doorknob when I moved in and I have the only key.

my mother also lives here separate bedroom we have lived here for four years verbal agreement in California. We pay rent on time every month. Are we tenants or lodgers??

Thomas A. Grossman
Thomas A. Grossman answered on Feb 9, 2019

Since you pay rent to share two rooms in the landlord's house, you are on a month to month tenancy. If your landlord wants to evict you, he would have to give you 30 day's notice. A Lodger is more like being a Hotel Guest, where you pay for a certain number of days, and when those days are up you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation and Land Use & Zoning for California on
Q: A truck was abandoned on my property, can I put a mechanics lien on it?

I lost my house in the camp fire. The abandoned truck got stuck in the mud while trying to loot my property and the properties in the nieghborhood.

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jan 14, 2019

You can report this to the police, who may in turn have it cited and towed. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Land Use & Zoning for California on
Q: what can I do about my neighbors throwing rocks at house and making banging noises outside sometimes?

the neighbors that are throwing rocks at house live right by me, house by house, they are a man and his wife who are near 50 years of age, I know its them cause I saw them on camera, it wasn't recorded though then I had the hidden camera up, they have a camera facing my bathroom window, so they... Read more »

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Nov 18, 2018

Time to start recording

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Insurance Defense, Land Use & Zoning and Mergers & Acquisitions for California on
Q: I have document s of of former landlord who fordury marriage certificate and life insurance over10idenitys
Thomas A. Grossman
Thomas A. Grossman answered on Jul 15, 2018

You have not explained what is going on, nor what you want to be answered.

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for California on
Q: How do I settle a property line dispute? The owner threatening to tear down my fence & move over

He says the land survey he had done that says the property line is anywhere from .5 ft to 3ft discrepancy. I lived here 21+ yrs & have always known my property line to be the My fence line. He’s not threatening the front half of fence says not need replaced - the entire fence is same for... Read more »

Thomas A. Grossman
Thomas A. Grossman answered on Jul 6, 2018

Your question is too complicated to answer without seeing all the documents and facts involved. I suggest you contact a local attorney near you for advice. Boundary disputes are often very expensive, and the outcome usually depends on the documents. Good Luck.

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for California on
Q: After 7 years of representation in a real estate matter, our attorney said we should consult a "real estate attorney".

Attorney appointed by insurance co. This matter has always involved real estate. I was abandoned by this attorney two years ago, but my husband continued to try to resolve this. It's not going to happen. We have lost a strong six figure amount of provable money out of our pockets. Please advise.

Thomas A. Grossman
Thomas A. Grossman answered on Jun 26, 2018

I can't tell with the short facts that you have stated, but it sounds like your attorney may not have been competent, especially if he only recently stated that you should see a real estate attorney. I wonder if the attorney had a real estate license of broker's license. At any rate, I can't... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Elder Law, Land Use & Zoning, Landlord - Tenant and Personal Injury for California on
Q: In a mobile home park Can a landlord Dump onto tenants lawn.

Landlord used a tractor to dump televisions onto lawn and breaking glass everywhere then told us to clean it up in 60 days or else. Tractor forcefully shoving me out of the way. 4 or 5 park workers aggressively threw televisions on mom's lawn.

Theodore Allan Greene
Theodore Allan Greene answered on Mar 4, 2018

This doesn't sound like something they should be doing. Did you have any other witnesses? Did they give any kind of explanation at all? Very strand behavior. You should consider consulting with a local attorney to see what options you might have.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Estate Planning, Land Use & Zoning and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: What legal steps do i take to rid of somone i allowed to live in my house that i own for 5years free of charge&contrac

Not a tenet but homeless so i helped her out for 5years allowing her to stay there bc its a 2nd property i own but now i want her out

Kenneth V Zichi
Kenneth V Zichi answered on Feb 12, 2018

She IS your tenant, and if she won't leave voluntarily, you evict her the same way you would any other tenant ... it is just that you probably won't be able to claim any unpaid and due rent. If you don't know how to 'terminate' the tenancy, you should contact a local landlord/tenant lawyer to make... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for California on
Q: If my neighbor throw a ball into my house many times, what can I do and what is my rights?

Until now, there is no significant damage but I feel like I have been bothered. One time, they made a big "boom" on the roof when I was taking a nap. Moreover, some previous times when they threw a ball in my house, I felt uncomfortable when they got into my house without asking. They also go... Read more »

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Jan 16, 2018

Keep the ball. If the neighbor causes damage with the ball, then you can hold the neighbor responsible for whatever damage she caused. If the situation escalates, you can always call the police and make a complaint against your neighbor. You could even go to court and file a claim of harassment... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith, Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for California on
Q: I am currently in Escrow and had the inspection done. We noticed trees that we believe to be on our property

Completely ruining the neighbors driveway. What liability/risk do we have as homeowners of the new home that caused damage prior to our purchase? Appreciate any advice as we are first time buyers!

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jan 12, 2018

This is a common legal question, and the answer is that the tree owner is liable under trespass and private nuisance theories (in most cases, at least). Whether you, as new property owner are liable, is something a a real estate attorney should be retained to evaluate. It may be something that... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for California on
Q: My property has 300' of street frontage. I maintain roughly 285' which is the land between the curb and my property line

The remaining 15' is too dangerous for me to maintain. City is going to fine me if I don't clear it out. Is that legal to put me in harms way to clear vegetation on city property? Live in Riverside CA.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Dec 5, 2017

to answer this correctly a lawyer would need to know what you mean by dangerous and whether it should be the responsibility of someone else to maintain...such as city???

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1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for California on
Q: My mom has a neighbor that is building a structure on land that belongs to her. How do we stop it?

Also does the neighbor have an squatting rights to her land?

Amanda M Rokita
Amanda M Rokita answered on Sep 15, 2017

An unauthorized trespass on another person’s property is called an encroachment. First, one must confirm that the area of land in dispute is in fact owned by your mother. This can be done by hiring a professional surveyor to survey the land to confirm the property boundaries.

Once it is...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts, Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for California on
Q: Can my nabor close off a road to make speed bumps and other road obstacles to impair our ability to drive on said road?

I live in an unincorporated area of orange county CA. My nabor's and I live on a shared stretch of dirt road that is used daily by all of us for commute purposes. As of late our nabor at the end of the road has been closeing off the road we use in order to put in large speed bumps, drains,... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Sep 6, 2017

Has he built this road on his private property? Is the road your only form of accessing your property? Is he in compliance with city laws re: construction of the road? You can access copies of construction permits at the County clerk's office. More details are necessary to provide a professional... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law, Land Use & Zoning and Municipal Law for California on
Q: Is it legal to sleep on my own flat roof? To hang out up there and enjoy the sunset in a lawn chair?

I live in Fairfax, CA. I have a neighbor who doesn't like that I do this, even though we can hardly see each other's houses through the trees. I'd be willing to put up a railing if that's an issue.

Gerald Barry Dorfman
Gerald Barry Dorfman answered on Aug 16, 2017

To get a definitive opinion, you will probably have to pay an attorney to research this for you. If you want to take a shot at it yourself, check the Marin County Code and any Fairfax ordinances. However, as with most neighbor disputes, you should try to come to some agreement. Try speaking with... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law, Land Use & Zoning, Consumer Law and Business Law for California on
Q: Is the a law that requires California motels to change bedding, furniture,drapes and linens periodical?Where can I rev
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jul 25, 2017

There are several related statutes regulating the hotel/ motel industry in CA. See: https://www.calodging.com/resources/

More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read...
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