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Real Estate - September 23, 2011

RentWatch

How does one handle a renter who won't pay rent?

by edited Martin Eichner

Q I have owned a building with three apartments for many years. I have always had good tenants until four months ago when I allowed a young woman to move in without giving me a security deposit or the first month's rent. I felt sorry for her because she told me that she had just left an abusive boyfriend.

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Martin Eichner edits RentWatch for Project Sentinel, an organization founded in 1974 that provides landlord tenant dispute resolution and fair housing services in Northern California and administers rental-housing mediation programs in Palo Alto, Los Altos and Mountain View. Call 650-856-4062 for dispute resolution or 650-321-6291 for fair housing or e-mail mediate4us@housing.org.

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