Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles - Torrance Self-Help Center

They are walk-in clinics that offer self-representing individuals legal information, assistance in preparing legal forms, and guidance on a variety of civil matters, including evictions, divorces and paternity actions, and civil harassment. Referrals to private attorneys or legal services programs are provided as needed. They also host workshops in several areas:

1) Eviction (unlawful detainer) answers

2) Eviction (unlawful detainer) trial prep

3) Family law (divorce and paternity)

4) Record expungement


We rent a home March 2009. In April 2009 a Notice of Trustee sale was posted & mailed to the property (3 bed room single family home) We advised the landlord. He claims nothing to worry about. We paid him April & May's rent. We had no contact with him during the being June 2009. We attempt to contact him to pay rent & question about the NOS. June, 21 request to inspect was a no show from him. July 5 we attempt to contact him, still no contact. July 13 we received Unlawful detainer. During the month of June we assumed he abandon the property due to the NOS.


I'm a sr citizen and I live in a mobile home park that was a senior park for many years. 12 years ago, it was bought by a greedy Corportion, Kort & Scott, and made an all-age park. Immediately, we were subjected to rent-gouging by as much as $79.00/mo. annual increase and it continues to almost now, $1000.oo/mo and more. Most of the senior citizens are retired, on small fixed incomes and many have been economically evicted. Park maintenance has gone way down and there does not seem to be any "cap" on rent space increases for the future.


I recently was forced out of my apt. after 14+ yrs. by a new owner of my previous apt.! He raised my rent $600.00 more knowing that I am forced to live on a fixed income (S.S. Disability)which hardly paid my rent previously. And even if I was able to pay that increase, he insisted I get rid of my three small who had grown up in this apt. (she is 15)& was never a problem to anyone! I have no family so these were/are my "children." For all 14+ years I was told I was the best tenant the building ever had.


I am permanently disabled and I am receiving state disability. I need to know if where I live would fall under rent control. My landlord stopped by my house on 9/07/08 around 7:00pm and verbally told me that as of 10/01/08 my rent would be going up to $100.00 per month. I need to know how much notice does he have to give me and if verbally is ok.

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