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How to Evict a Live-in Girlfriend or Boyfriend

By Christopher Combs | September 13, 2016

How to Evict a Live-in Girlfriend or Boyfriend  Question: My girlfriend and her son moved into my home in Gilbert three months ago. Almost from the beginning we had problems, and I think it is now best that she and her son move elsewhere. I will help her financially to find a new home. After I discussed this reasonable plan with her, she became very upset and said that she would not move out. What do I do now?   Answer: After your girlfriend and her son lived in your home for three months they became tenants under an implied month-to-month lease.…

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Multiple Tenant Lease Agreements

By Christopher Combs | September 6, 2016

Multiple Tenant Lease Agreements   Question: My boyfriend and I are both getting our master’s degrees at ASU. At the start of the fall semester we signed a 1-year lease for a home in Tempe. We are now breaking up, and I am going home to California to live with my parents for the summer rather than go to ASU summer school. My boyfriend said that he would be able to make the rent payments until the end of the lease in September. Even if he is able to make the monthly rent payments until then (which I doubt!), my boyfriend…

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If Seller Won’t Leave, What Should Home Buyer do?

By Christopher Combs | September 7, 2015

  Question: Under the contract for the purchase of our home in Tolleson the seller agreed to move out on the day of close of escrow. On the day of close of escrow, however, the seller requested another week because the seller’s new home was not finished. We are nice people and, although we were inconvenienced, we agreed to give the seller another week to move out. This week has passed, and the seller is now asking for another week to move out. What are our rights?   Answer: First, if a seller will not move out on the day…

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A Landlord Has the Right to Reasonable Access

By Christopher Combs | August 9, 2015

  Question:  I am renting a beautiful home in east Mesa.  The landlord is trying to sell the home, and the landlord’s listing agent wants to show the home to a potential buyer.  I have valuable art work and other items of personal property in the home.  Do I have to let the listing agent have access to my home?   Answer:   Yes.  The landlord is the owner of the home, and is entitled to reasonable access to the home.  This reasonable access generally requires at least two days’ notice, and can only be at reasonable times, e.g., between 9:00…

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Paperwork Error Doesn’t Erase Tenants’ Liability

By Christopher Combs | July 5, 2015

  Question:  Twenty years ago we bought a small home in Tempe for our daughter who was a student at ASU.  Since she graduated we have been renting the home, mostly to ASU students.  We never had any problems.  Last summer we rented the home to a boyfriend and girlfriend who went to ASU law school.  Big mistake!  Although both of them signed the lease, and both have paid checks for their one-half of the rent and the security deposit, in the lease itself my husband mistakenly put only the girlfriend’s name on the line in the lease for the…

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Unheated Pool Inflames tensions Over Six-Month Apartment Lease

By Christopher Combs | January 4, 2015

  Question:  Two weeks ago we leased an apartment for six months in a North Phoenix apartment complex.  One of the main reasons we chose this particular apartment was that the property manager said that the community pool was heated.  The community pool, however, is not heated.  When we complained to the property manager, the property manager said that the owner had recently decided that, because of the increased cost of utilities in the apartment complex, the community pool would no longer be heated in the winter months.  Can we cancel our lease and move to another complex with a…

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No Prohibition Against Renting To An Illegal Alien

By Christopher Combs | October 19, 2014

  Question:  My husband and I own several rental homes in Queen Creek.  A lady recently applied to rent one of our homes and admitted that she is an illegal alien.  She does have proof of income where she works and otherwise seems like a good tenant.  Can we rent to her after she has told us she is an illegal alien?   Answer:  There is no prohibition against you renting to an illegal alien. Similarly, there is no Fair Housing law or other law that would require you to rent to an illegal alien, but the reason for not…

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Death Affects a Plan for 3-Year Lease

By Christopher Combs | October 5, 2014

  Question:  Four months ago, my wife and I signed a three year agreement to rent a home in Carefree.  My wife passed away last month.  I would now like to move to Los Angeles to be near my children.  When I contacted my landlord to tell him I wanted to move out early, he was upset.  He said he would cancel the lease with me only when he found a new tenant.  In addition, he demanded that I sign a bill of sale transferring all of my furniture to him, surrender the security deposit of $3,000, and reimburse him…

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