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zann725 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-12-05 02:53 AM
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21. How long ago did they give you notice? Legally, they're supposed to give
AT LEAST one YEAR when the building's been sold, and they're either tearing it down, or relocating tennants. Also, they're required by law to give you moving costs, AND usually about the equivalent of one year's an incentive.

If they've offered you none of these, I suggest you go to a neighborhood Tenant Right clinic (most accept donations...whatever you can afford)...and find out your rights. In California, Tenant rights are protected more than most places. They can't just throw you out. They have to 3 day notice you, then (I think) 10-day notice you, then serve you with the formal Eviction Complaint...which has a Court Case Number on it. To which you then HAVE to "Answer" the Eviction with a 1-page Answer form you can get at the Clerk's office. THis needs to be formally filed with the Clerk (approx. $100), and a copy PROPERLY served on Landlord. This "buys" you at least 30 days until a Hearing. Then, up to several more months, if you were IMPROPERLY noticed, or not compensated for your move by the buyers of the building. Most landlords count on tenants NOT knowing their rights, and so accidentally do NOT do the process correctly. And so, this can buy you some time until you find a place, and/or are properly compensated for the inconvenience of the move by the new buyers of the building.

Do NOT relinquish your rights. And do NOT fail to "Answer" the Eviction Complaint (should one be filed and served on you). You have 5 Court Days to do so. If you fail to do so, and stay in the unit, you can then be locked out by the Sheriffs.

Good luck!
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