Question: I have a friend who owns a rental unit and the tenant refuses to pay the rent. This has gone on for several months. The tenant is a menace and offered to move if my friend gave him $7,000. My friend was desperate so he agreed, but the tenant changed his mind -- this deadbeat would rather live rent-free. My friend has consulted lawyers but has been told tenants' rights (especially in some rent-control areas) are so strong that there is nothing he can do. Any advice? Landlords' attorney McKinley replies: Your friend has been given bad advice. A landlord should never agree to pay a tenant to vacate the property. This agreement could have been binding on your friend, which would have required him to pay the tenant to vacate; in addition, your friend would have waived any claim for re...
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