Tenant in rent-controlled unit claimed wrongful eviction so landlord could raise rents; tenant claimed landlord caused utilities to be shut off to cause her to leave.
Plaintiff was purchaser of condominium who claimed that the seller broker failed to disclose structural defects and causing uneven floor. Plaintiff claimed that Defendant owner should replace entire floor and garage ceiling under floor due to dangerous cracking.
Unlawful detainer action for failure to pay rent; Tenant claimed unlawful under Covid-based ordinances
Action by commercial tenant against provider of warehouse space for breach of contract. Plaintiff claimed Defendant provided two unfit spaces, causing him to move to a third site which was also unfit.
Defendant was unable to bring premises up to code, disrupting Plaintiff’s business. Defendant claimed that Plaintiff was doing business prohibited by the contract. Dispute as to whether the contract was a “lease” or a “license”.
Action by tenant for business losses caused by water from burst pipe. Tenant claimed landlord knew of prior incidents and failed to remedy because didn’t want to spend the money while trying to sell the property.
Landlord raised exculpatory clauses in the lease as a defense.
Landlord sued tenant for unpaid rent. Tenant cross- complained for conversion and declaratory relief to determine ownership of a billboard.
Twenty-four unlawful detainer jury trials in one year
Plaintiff landlord sued tenant for failure to pay rent. Defendant tenant defended against the Plaintiff’s claims, and asserted its own claim that it was damaged for Plaintiff’s failure to comply with its promise to assist the tenant in obtaining a liquor license.
Landlord brought unlawful detainer action against tenant who sublet rooms to homeless people and was paid by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. The tenant stopped paying the rent. Plaintiff was a disabled subtenant, who refused to leave the premises, claiming she was protected by city, county and state eviction moratoria.
Hon. Steven J. Kleifield (Ret.)
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