WHAT IS THE LAW REGARDING REFUNDING SECURITY DEPOSITS?

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1. California law specifies procedures that the landlord must follow for refunding, using, and accounting for tenants’ security deposits.

2. California law specifically allows the landlord to use a tenant’s security deposit for four purposes:

  • For unpaid rent;
  •  For cleaning the rental unit when the tenant moves out, but only to make the unit as clean as it was when the tenant first moved in;
  • For repair of damages, other than normal wear and tear, caused by the tenant or the tenant’s guests;
  • and if the lease or rental agreement allows it, for the cost of restoring or replacing furniture, furnishings, or other items of personal property (including keys), other than because of normal wear and tear.

3. A landlord can withhold from the security deposit only those amounts that are reasonably necessary for these purposes. The security deposit cannot be used for repairing defects that existed in the unit before you moved in, for conditions caused by normal wear and tear during your tenancy or previous tenancies, or for cleaning a rental unit that is as clean as it was when you moved in.

4. A rental agreement or lease can never state that a security deposit is “nonrefundable.”

5. Under California law, 21 calendar days or less after you move, your landlord must either:

  • Send you a full refund of your security deposit, or
  • Mail or personally deliver to you an itemized statement that lists the amounts of any deductions from your security deposit and the reasons for the deductions, together with a refund of any amounts not deducted.

6. The landlord also must send you copies of receipts for the charges that the landlord incurred to repair or clean the rental unit and that the landlord deducted from your security deposit.

7. The landlord must include the receipts with the itemized statement.  The landlord must follow these rules:

  • If the landlord or the landlord’s employees did the work– The itemized statement must describe the work performed, including the time spent and the hourly rate charged. The hourly rate must be reasonable.
  • If another person or business did the work– The landlord must provide you copies of the person’s or business’ invoice or receipt. The landlord must provide the person’s or business’ name, address, and telephone number on the invoice or receipt, or in the itemized statement.
  • If the landlord deducted for materials or supplies– The landlord must provide you a copy of the invoice or receipt. If the item used to repair or clean the unit is something that the landlord purchases regularly or in bulk, the landlord must reasonably document the item’s cost (for example, by an invoice, a receipt or a vendor’s price list).
  • If the landlord made a good faith estimate of charges– The landlord is allowed to make a good faith estimate of charges and include the estimate in the itemized statement in two situations: (1) the repair is being done by the landlord or an employee and cannot reasonably be completed within the 21 days, or (2) services or materials are being supplied by another person or business and the landlord does not have the invoice or receipt within the 21 days. In either situation, the landlord may deduct the estimated amount from your security deposit. In situation (2), the landlord must include the name, address and telephone number of the person or business that is supplying the services or materials.
  • Within 14 calendar days after completing the repairs or receiving the invoice or receipt, the landlord must mail or deliver to you a correct itemized statement, the invoices and receipts described above, and any refund to which you are entitled.
  1. The landlord must send the itemized statement, copies of invoices or receipts, and any good faith estimate to you at the address that you provide. If you do not provide an address, the landlord must send these documents to the address of the rental unit that you moved from.

9. The landlord is not required to send you copies of invoices or receipts, or a good faith estimate, if the repairs or cleaning cost less than $126 or if you waive your right to receive them. If you wish to waive the right to receive these documents, you may do so by signing a waiver when the landlord gives you a 30-day or 60-day notice to end the tenancy, when you give the landlord a 30-day notice to end the tenancy, when the landlord servers you with a three-day note to end the tenancy or after any of these notices. If you have a lease, you may waive this right no earlier than 60 days before the lease ends. The waiver form given to you by the landlord must include the text of the security deposit law that describes your right to receive receipts.

10. What if the repairs cost less than $126 or you waived your right to receive copies of invoices, receipts and any good faith estimate? The landlord still must send you an itemized statement 21 calendar days or less after you move, along with a refund of any amounts not deducted from your security deposit. When you receive the itemized statement, you may decide that you want copies of the landlord’s invoices, receipts and any good faith estimate. You may request copies of these documents from the landlord within 14 calendar days after you receive the itemized statement. It’s best to make this request both orally and in writing. Keep a copy of your letter or e-mail. The landlord must send you copies of invoices, receipts and any good faith estimate within 14 calendar days after he or she receives your request.

11. What should you do if you believe that your landlord has made an improper deduction from your security deposit, or if the landlord keeps all of the deposit without good reason?

12. Tell the landlord or the landlord’s agent why you believe that the deductions from your security deposit are improper. Immediately ask the landlord or agent for a refund of the amount that you believe you’re entitled to get back. You can make this request by phone or e-mail, but you should follow it up with a letter. The letter should state the reasons that you believe the deductions are improper, and the amount that you feel should be returned to you. Keep a copy of your letter. It’s a good idea to send the letter to the landlord or agent by certified mail and to request a return receipt to prove that the landlord or agent received the letter. Or, you can deliver the letter personally and ask the landlord or agent to acknowledge receipt by signing and dating your copy of the letter.

  1. If the landlord or agent still doesn’t send you the refund that you think you’re entitled to receive, try to work out a reasonable compromise that is acceptable to both of you. You also can suggest that the dispute be mediated by a neutral third person or agency.
  1. What if the landlord doesn’t provide a full refund, or a statement of deductions and a refund of amounts not deducted, by the end of the 21-day period as required by law? According to a California Supreme Court decision, the landlord loses the right to keep any of the security deposit and must return the entire deposit to you. Even so, it may be difficult for you to get your entire deposit back from the landlord.
  1. Practically speaking, you have two options if the landlord doesn’t honor the 21-day rule. The first step for both is to call and write the landlord to request a refund of your entire security deposit. You can also suggest that the dispute be mediated. If the landlord presents good reasons for keeping some or all of your deposit for a purpose listed above, it’s probably wise to enter into a reasonable compromise with the landlord. This is because the other option is difficult and the outcome may be uncertain.
  1. The other option is to sue the landlord in small claims court for return of your security deposit. However, the landlord then can file a counterclaim against you. In the counterclaim, the landlord can assert a right to make deductions from the deposit, for example, for unpaid rent or for damage to the rental that the landlord alleges that you caused. Each party then will have to argue in court why he or she is entitled to the deposit.
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What is renters’ insurance?

What is renters’ insurance?  

MOVING BOX WITH FLOWERS PIC1. Renters’ insurance is an insurance policy that provides most of the benefits of homeowners insurance.

2. It does not include coverage of the structure or the dwelling. An exception may be small alterations that a tenant makes to the structure.

3. Personal property coverage, a typical component of renters’ insurance, may help cover the cost of replacing your stuff if it’s unexpectedly damaged or ruined. That protection generally applies to certain risks (also referred to as “perils”), such as fire and theft.

4. Landlord insurance is designed to help protect the owner’s dwelling, while you, the renter, are usually responsible for protecting the belongings you keep inside. Similarly, while landlord insurance may offer liability protection for the policyholder, that protection typically does not extend to tenants

5. Many large and medium sized rental properties will include a requirement in their lease that tenants hold renters’ insurance.

6. It is important to know what type of damage your insurance covers. Typically, there are three types of coverages available. They are loss of use, personal property, and personal liability.

7. If your possessions are stolen during a break-in or damaged by a fire or severe windstorm, a renters insurance policy can allow you to recover their value.

8. If someone is injured during an accident in your home and you are alleged to be legally responsible, renters insurance may help protect you in the case a liability lawsuit.

9. Check out the Insurance Information Institute’s website and read their informative article called Your Renters Insurance Checklist:

http://www.iii.org/article/your-renters-insurance-checklist

WHAT IS THE AVERAGE COST OF RENTER’S INSURANCE?

  • The average cost of renters insurance is $187 per year, according to the most recent data available from the NAIC.

Please check out this link for more info on the average cost. http://www.valuepenguin.com/average-cost-renters-insurance

HERE ARE SOME LINKS TO A COUPLE COMPANIES THAT CAN PROVIDE RENTERS’ INSURANCE:

AllState:

State Farm

AAA Renters Insurance

COMMON MYTHS ABOUT RENTERS INSURANCE

 1. “The landlord’s insurance covers me.”

  • Your landlord’s insurance generally only covers the building where you live.
  • It does not cover your personal belongings and your liability.

2. “I don’t need personal liability insurance”

  • Your landlord’s policy most likely does not include liability coverage protecting you for something that happens in your rented residence.
  • You could be held legally responsible for injury to another person or damage to another person’s property if an incident occurred within your rented residence, or elsewhere.

3. “I don’t own very much.”

  • Most people’s belongings are often worth more than they think. That’s one reason why you need renters insurance coverage.
  • Some insurance policies are flexible, allowing you to select the coverages and insurance amounts that suit your needs.

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SUBMITTING YOUR RENTAL APPLICATION PACKAGE TO THE LANDLORD

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  1. The rental application is required for each occupant 18 years of age or older.
  2. RENTAL HISTORY: Please list your rental history and check the phone numbers by calling them before writing them in the application. Don’t leave your rental history blank and put N/A if needed in any blanks. Completed rental history will make you a stronger applicant to the owner. It will help if your application looks complete and the owner does not have to request you to fill that section out.
  3. CREDITORS: List your creditors that hold your debts and include average monthly payment. Some examples are car loans, credit cards and school loans.
  4. REFERENCES: Please list a minimum of two people who can be reached. Each person have must their own references and they cannot be landlords or family members.
  5. OCCUPANTS: Please list all the people you plan to live with in the apartment. If you won’t have roommates, please put self.
  6. Showing the landlord that you can pay the rent: What do you do for a living? Are you a salary, independent contractor, or freelancing?  Did you start your job or did you just move to LA? Are you a student?
  7. PROOF OF INCOME: Typically, you will need to show that your income is over three times the monthly rent.
  8. What can you show the landlord that you can afford the rent?Do you have pay check stubs? If it is a new job, please also submit last pay stubs from your last employer and the offer letter from your new employer.  Some landlords may need three months bank statements in this situation if you are starting a new job.
  9. NEW POSITIONS (LESS THAN 3 MONTHS): If you have a new job, please submit an official signed offer letter. This must be on company letterhead, showing income, part or full-time, start date & signed by employer. Also include any current paystubs you have received thus far. For new employment, savings is very important. Include bank statements showing reserves/savings and pay stubs from previous job.
  10. SINGLE JOB/SALARY: If you have one source of income and your pay stub, list the year to date, two current pay stubs are acceptable. Submit bank statements with savings reserves in order to have a stronger application package.
  11. FREELANCE/COMMISSION/MULTIPLE SOURCES: If your income varies for any reason, provide a minimum of three (3) months of bank statements. If the deposits vary dramatically you may want to provide more than 3 statements to show the usual average deposit. You can also show more bank statements if you think it would make your application stronger. For the bank statements, you will only need to show the summary of your bank statements. Please try to pdf the bank statement.
  12. If you are a student, please provide documentation for student loans and student ID.
  13. If you have a cosigner, the cosigner has to fill out a separate application, credit check and also submit the same documents as the applicant such as bank statements, driver’s license and pay check stubs.
  14. Check to make sure that you have submitted all necessary documents: A copy of your driver’s license, application, credit report, pay check stubs, your bank statement and a short bio about yourself and your occupation.

Open House! Elleven condo lofts!

Open house unit 506 typographPlease contact Maple Navarro by calling or texting (310) 430-1949
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Open Houses for 1111 S. Grand Ave. Unit 506 LA, CA  90015:
3/5/16 2-4
3/6/16 2-4
$610,000 1bd, 1ba 1,100 sq. ft.

THIS BEAUTIFUL AND RELAXING 1 BD, 1 BA, 1,100 SQ. FT. SOFT LOFT STYLE CONDO UNIT FEATURES WALL TO WALL AND FLOOR TO CEILING GLASS WINDOWS ADORNED BY
VIGOROUSLY GROWING BAMBOO TREES WITH SOOTHING WATER FEATURES AMIDST A ZEN GARDEN SETTING, BAMBOO FLOORS THROUGHOUT ACCENTUATED BY A DARK CHERRY KITCHEN CABINET AND STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES IN UNIT: FULL SIZE WASHER DRYER, LAUNDRY ROOM WITH AMPLE STORAGE SPACE, SPACIOUS KITCHEN AREA AND A LIVING ROOM WITH A JULIET BALCONY. THE RESORT LIKE AMENITIES INCLUDE A POOL AND SPA, 4 OUTDOOR BBQ GRILLS, OUTDOOR FIREPLACE, 24 HR FRONT DESK ATTENDANT AND ON SITE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT.

Elleven Condo Lofts, a luxury high rise condominium building, is located in the prestigious South Park neighborhood, an upscale neighborhood a few blocks away from the Fashion District, L.A. Live and the Staples Center of downtown Los Angeles. The Elleven Condo lofts are modern and stylish. The Elleven Condo lofts building was built in 2006. Elleven Condo Lofts stands as the first new construction residential high rise in downtown Los Angeles in over two decades. The building’s slender exterior is wrapped in glass and allows light to flood in the Elleven Condo lofts all while providing beautiful views of the city. In select units, there are outdoor terraces and Juliet balconies.

The Elleven Condo lofts are “soft lofts” with a bedroom area and closets but not fully enclosed. They have bamboo floors, stainless steel appliances, laundry rooms, high ceilings. Some units have spectacular views of the LA Skyline. The Elleven Condo lofts are built like warehouses with exposed ducts and fire sprinklers, high ceiling and wall to wall windows making the condo lofts sophisticated, modern and stylish.

The amenities are luxurious at Elleven condo lofts with beautiful views of the downtown L.A. skyline from the heated lap pool and spa. The deck on the fourth floor is designed with a modern, sleek look providing comfort. There are many intimate seating areas for residents to gather. For those that love to cook, there are several barbeque grills along with picnic tables to help you entertain your guests in a deck that has a peaceful ambiance with its bamboo shoots, waterfall fountain and serene garden experience. This outdoor common area of the Elleven Condo Lofts is spacious and can accommodate many residents. Heat lamps are also provided near the swimming pool for residents who like to enjoy night time swimming. Residents can also entertain near the outdoor fireplace where there is lounge seating on the deck.

The lobby of Elleven Condo Lofts has a sophisticated and modern design with comfortable leather couches in the spacious waiting area for guests. For your convenience and safety, the lobby has an attendant and package delivery. Another added safety feature is that there are four floors of private gated spacious parking spaces inside the Elleven Condo Lofts condominium building.

Elleven Condo Lofts is the first green residential building in downtown Los Angeles and is LEED certified from the U.S. Green Building Council. It is close to many of L.A.’s best restaurants, L.A. Live , FIDM (the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise), the Staples Center which holds concerts, movie premieres and awards shows. If you are looking for the loft experience in a grand, luxurious and comfortable style with world-class entertainment at your fingertips, Elleven Condo Lofts is the choice for downtown L.A. city dwellers.

If you are looking for the condo loft experience that is sleek, cosmopolitan and luxurious with world-class entertainment at your fingertips, Elleven Condo Lofts building is the place to be. You can also get more information about Elleven Condo Lofts and the latest condominium news in Downtown Los Angeles by checking www.ladowntownnews.com.

ELLEVEN CONDO LOFTS BUILDING FEATURES

• 13 Stories with 176 units

• Large Elevations of Glazed Glass

• Sculpted Glass, Metal and Concrete Exterior

• Heated Lap Pool and Spa

• Intimate Spaces for Gathering and Entertaining

• Barbeque Area and Outdoor Fireplace

• Outdoor Fireplace with Lounge Seating

• Outdoor Lounge Areas with Lush Landscaping

• Street Level Retail Space, Starbucks ® at Ground Level

• Outdoor Terrace

• Sustainable and Environmentally Responsible Design and

Construction

• Private Gated Parking

• Elegant Lobby with Attendant and Package Delivery

• LEED Certified

ELLEVEN CONDO UNIT FEATURES

• Soaring Ceiling Heights

• Designer Frigidaire Stainless Steel Appliances

• High-quality Hardwood Floors in Merbau or Maple

• Utility Room with Washer and Vented Dryer Hookups

• Exposed Overhead Ductwork Featuring Galvanized Spiral Ducts and Vents

• Modern Under Mount Sinks with Heavy Duty Disposal and European Pull-out Faucets

• Ice Stone Slab Kitchen Countertops ® with Matching Backsplash ®

• Oversized Bathroom Mirrors with Integrated Vanity Light

• Extensive Pre-wiring and Telephone and Data Panels

• Designer Stainless Steel Appliances Package by Electrolux ®, Thermador ®, Viking ® and Bosch ® (Penthouse units)

• Expansive Windows Featuring Operable Openings for Natural Ventilation

• Spacious Walk-in Closets (varies by plan)

• High-quality Cast Iron Tubs and/or Walk-in Shower with Ceramic Tile Surrounds and Glass Enclosure (per plan)

• Outdoor Terraces and Juliet Balconies (varying by location)

• Built-in Wine Cooler (select units)

• Sleek Wood Cabinetry Ribbed with Glass Inserts

Just leased Evo condo by Maple Navarro! Unit 709! 920 sq. ft. 1bd, 1ba $2,560 a month!

Evo Condo 709 pictureJust leased Evo condo by Maple Navarro! Unit 709! 920 sq. ft. 1bd, 1ba $2,560 a month!

WHY LIVE AT THE EVO CONDOS LOFTS?

1. Evo Condo Lofts is located in prestigious South Park is covered in sculpted glass and metal, rising 23 floors.

2. Evo condo lofts building is tall, cosmopolitan and is the epitome of luxury condominium living in Downtown Los Angeles.

3. Evo condo lofts’  grand reception lobby is impressive and impeccable.

4. Each Evo condo loft has a modern design blending with style and elegance.

5. Evo condo lofts have grand amenities such as a resident lounge called the “Two Forty” lounge, which offers an indoor lounge area with plasma TVs and an outdoor patio retreat overlooking the city from two hundred forty feet above.

6. The fitness center is also on the same floor and gives residents skyline views of the city of L.A. with an outdoor terrace to enjoy the views while excercising.

7. In addition to this beautiful common area is the 6th floor open terrace plaza. The Evo condo lofts open terrace plaza has a barbeque grill, plasma TV, picnic table, infinity-edge pool and spa and a great sunbathing lounge area.  The backdrop of this beautiful infinity pool is the exciting L.A. Live.

8. Evo condo lofts provides residents with luxury resort style living, state of the art facilities, amazing skyline views of the city and is the essence of smart city living.

Just Leased by Maple Navarro! Savoy Unit 313! $1,950 a month!

 

 Just Leased by Realtor® Maple Navarro! Savoy Unit #313! $1,950 a month! 735 sq. ft. 100 S. Alameda St. Unit #313 Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Realtor® Maple Navarro represented the tenant!
– Negotiating prices
– Facilitating the lease process
– Informing clients of move in procedures of the building
– Showing clients lofts and apartments to their specifications
– Accompanying clients during move in inspections
– Scheduling showing appointments
– Putting together complete and thorough lease applications

In the heart of Little Tokyo and the Downtown Art’s District, Savoy offers downtown living with the amenities of a resort. It spans an entire city block with dramatic courtyards featuring a pool, spa, fountains and lush landscaping. Constructed by Intracorp in 2005, the condos are sleek and stylish with granite kitchen countertops, designer cabinetry and Milgard ® dual pane windows.

• 4 Stories with 303 Units from 504-1226 sq. ft.

• Fitness Center

• Lounge with Pool Table, Plasma TV’s and Catering kitchen

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Greenstone Properties Downtown L.A. Real Estate Agent
(310) 430-1949
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Just Leased by Maple Navarro! 1100 Wilshire Unit 2004!

 
 

  Just Leased by Realtor® Maple Navarro! 1100 Wilshire Unit #2004! 860 sq. ft! 1bd, 1ba with amazing views! $2,700 a month! “Let’s Find Your Dream Loft!”

– Negotiating prices
– Facilitating the lease process
– Informing clients of move in procedures of the building
– Showing clients lofts and apartments to their specifications
– Accompanying clients during move in inspections
– Scheduling showing appointments
– Putting together complete and thorough lease applications

1100 Wilshire is a high-rise building with sophistication and elegance.  It offers luxury condos from the 17th floor to the 37th floor.  The condos have luxurious amenities such as granite, stainless steel and floor to ceiling corner views.   Residents can enjoy the city view because the building features 360 degree unobstructed views.   This building also has 24-hour security and 12 levels of parking.  The 17th floor of 1100 Wilshire features an open air deck with a heated pool, cabanas, fire pit and grill offering an outdoor space for residents to relax, exercise and entertain friends.

The condos have a generous layout with a modern color palette.  Ceiling heights range from 10 ½ feet in most lofts to 23 feet.

1100 Wilshire is an exciting building with sophistication and great views because this blue glass triangle building stands unobstructed.  It is five star luxurious living in the Central City West District of Downtown Los Angeles.

BUILDING FEATURES

  • 37 Stories, 228 Units
  • Heated Lap Pool
  • Event Bar
  • Business Center
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Covered & Secured Parking
  • 17th Floor Sky Deck
  • Health Club
  • Private Cabanas
  • Retail level establishments
  • BBQ Facilities

UNIT FEATURES

  • Stainless Steel Appliances
  • 10-23 ft. Ceilings
  • DSL & Cable Ready
  • Central AC and Heat
  • Panoramic Views
  • Cityscape Backdrops
  • Open Living Space
  • Modern Kitchen & Bathroom

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Maple Navarro
Greenstone Properties Downtown L.A. Real Estate Agent
(310) 430-1949
CALBRE # 01924421
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