As a landlord in Hawaii, you may be aware of the many ways that a landlord can use the law to force you to sell your home.
But the real estate lawyer in California who recently had a real estate license revoked for violating the laws of his state says there are many ways you can avoid a landlord who’s just looking to make money.
“It can be a very effective strategy if you’re not paying the rent,” said Lisa Mabry, a lawyer who specializes in real estate law.
“It could be to make sure the property is not in good condition and that there are no issues with the property or the tenant.
If the property isn’t worth a lot of money, you could use a ‘lender of last resort’ tactic.”
If you’re unsure about how to act, Mabries advice is to contact a lawyer in your state who can help you understand what it is you are doing and what the consequences could be.
“If you don’t have a realtor in your area, a lot can be learned by talking to a realtors agent,” Mabrys said.
“They may not have a license, but they know a lot about real estate.”
If you are looking to buy or sell a home in California, you’ll need to take the time to get your property appraised, which can be costly.
To get the appraisal, you can call a realty agent, who will provide you with a list of questions that can help to narrow down your options.
In some cases, realtor agents will also provide you a copy of the contract you signed with your landlord, which should give you some guidance as to what to expect.
The agent will then contact the local sheriff’s office to confirm that the appraisal is accurate.
“A realtor may need to provide you their contact information, but you can also email the sheriff’s department to let them know you would like an appraisal,” Mabbrys said, adding that the sheriff may be able to help you.
“This will not be a criminal matter.
The sheriff will not arrest you if you do not have the appraisal.”
Once you get the appraised property, it’s up to you to decide whether to sell or to buy.
If you are interested in buying, you will need to do your due diligence and consider the risks involved.
If your landlord doesn’t want you to leave, they may not want you out.
“As a landlord, you’re expected to keep your home,” Mabeys advice is for those who are planning on leaving.
“You may not be able sell your property, but it is important to make a decision on whether or not to move out.”
If the landlord doesn.t want you moving out, it could be an issue of choice.
“I would advise against selling,” Maby said.
The laws of your state might also apply.
“The laws of California are very strict on this,” Mabays said.
For example, if a property is listed for sale, it must be listed for a minimum of ten years, with the first ten years to be freehold.
If a property owner has a written lease, that lease can be extended for another ten years.
If an owner has been convicted of a felony, they can be removed from the rental property.
If you have a dispute with your current landlord, there are several legal options available.
You can file a civil action, which could be resolved by either a court of law or mediation.
In California, there is a civil procedure that can be used to resolve disputes between tenants and landlords.
You will need a lawyer to help with your case.
“If you can’t resolve your dispute by mediation, you need to go to court,” Mibry said.
If mediation doesn’t work out, you have options.
“There are various court systems that you can go to and have a settlement agreement with your real estate agent.
They can also negotiate an agreement,” Mabiks said.