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Q.What are some of the new laws affecting landlords (CA)?

A.Effective January 1, 2002, there are various new laws affecting landlords and tenants, including changes in the law regarding: rent control, landlords' responsibility for toxic mold, licensing requirements for managers, new FCC rules on the placement of satellite dishes and antennas, new notice requirements, and new information requirements. Landlords must now provide all tenants with a written form stating where, when and how rent is to be paid. (Civil Code 1962 and 1962.5.) In addition, when providing a tenant with a Three-Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit, the landlord must also include specified information on how rent may be paid to avoid eviction. (Civil Code 1962 and Code of Civil Procedure 1161.) Finally, certain tenants in Los Angeles, West Hollywood and Santa Monica are now entitled to 60 days' notice when landlords terminate a month-to-month rental agreement. (Civil Code 1946.1(b).

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