Zillow Advice RSS: Question-Discussion-Guide,All Real Estate Advice Topics,Sunnyvale- CA http://www.zillow.com/advice/Sunnyvale-CA/all/question-discussion-guide/ Zillow Advice search results | Zillow Real Estate Does landlord have legal right to enter apartment if they have given me notice to not renew lease? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Does-landlord-have-legal-right-to-enter-apartment-if-they-have-given-me-notice-to-not-renew-lease/573576/ <p>I live in apartment community operated by company. I have been living in my unit for last 3 years. Recently landlord sent me notice that they will not renew my lease I should vacate my apartment after lease. This notice was sent to me exactly 60 days before lease expiry.</p><p>This was big surprise to me since there was no such thing going on until now. And I just had baby who is not even month old.</p><p>I requested the manager to consider my situation and make an exception so that lease can be renewed. But no avail, they blatantly refused to renew the lease. I have no issues with this but&nbsp;manager sent me notice saying there will be people in my apartment to take measurements for cabinets so that they can place the orders.&nbsp;But in this case when I am still living in the apartment and the renovation is not being done for me, does the landlord have any legal right to enter apartment?&nbsp;I read through the&nbsp;California Civil Code Section 1954 and as per my understanding, landlord does not have a right to enter in my case.</p><p>Any thoughts?</p><br \><br \>5 replies Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:18:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Does-landlord-have-legal-right-to-enter-apartment-if-they-have-given-me-notice-to-not-renew-lease/573576/ 2015-01-27T11:18:00Z Apartment charging us for plumbing costs for no fault of ours. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Apartment-charging-us-for-plumbing-costs-for-no-fault-of-ours/567975/ Hello,<br/>I live in an apartment in Sunnyvale.<br/><div>In my apartment, there was a blockage in the toilet. We went and complained to the management and the plumber fixed it. Now the apartment manager is charging us for some plastic trash found in the toilet. When we went and argued that no way we put such kind of things in the toilet and we are living here for a long time, the manager didn't budge. Then, when we asked what's really the proof that we did it when all the other apartments drainage are inter-connected, the manager said the plumber found this within a certain distance from our toilet and it's our responsibility.&nbsp;<br/><div>This is really unfair and i don't want to pay for something that's not our mistake.<div>How should we proceed? I know a lawyer will cost a lot, but what else i should do?&nbsp;<br/><div><br/>To be more clear, the plumber went outside and fixed something. He came back and didn't tell us anything. The scribbled invoice which the apartment manager showed after some days and said, it says, the plastic trash was found in the pipe within a certain distance from our toilet.<br/>&nbsp;<br/>&nbsp;<br/>Thanks,<br/><br/>Sam</div></div></div></div><br \><br \>6 replies Wed, 26 Nov 2014 23:59:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Apartment-charging-us-for-plumbing-costs-for-no-fault-of-ours/567975/ 2014-11-26T23:59:00Z Apartment charging us for plumbing costs for no fault of ours. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Apartment-charging-us-for-plumbing-costs-for-no-fault-of-ours/567975/ Hello,<br/>I live in an apartment in Sunnyvale.<br/><div>In my apartment, there was a blockage in the toilet. We went and complained to the management and the plumber fixed it. Now the apartment manager is charging us for some plastic trash found in the toilet. When we went and argued that no way we put such kind of things in the toilet and we are living here for a long time, the manager didn't budge. Then, when we asked what's really the proof that we did it when all the other apartments drainage are inter-connected, the manager said the plumber found this within a certain distance from our toilet and it's our responsibility.&nbsp;<br/><div>This is really unfair and i don't want to pay for something that's not our mistake.<div>How should we proceed? I know a lawyer will cost a lot, but what else i should do?&nbsp;<br/><div><br/>To be more clear, the plumber went outside and fixed something. He came back and didn't tell us anything. The scribbled invoice which the apartment manager showed after some days and said, it says, the plastic trash was found in the pipe within a certain distance from our toilet.<br/>&nbsp;<br/>&nbsp;<br/>Thanks,<br/><br/>Sam</div></div></div></div><br \><br \>6 replies Wed, 26 Nov 2014 23:59:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Apartment-charging-us-for-plumbing-costs-for-no-fault-of-ours/567975/ 2014-11-26T23:59:00Z How do I know if an agent review on Zillow is real? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-know-if-an-agent-review-on-Zillow-is-real/560648/ In other words, sites like airbnb only allow reviews by people who actually used a rental provider, and since all that happens through Airbnb, it is authentic. How does Zillow know or validate&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; that it is not just an agent's friends who are writing tons of reviews for him?&nbsp;<br \><br \>26 replies Thu, 25 Sep 2014 17:17:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-know-if-an-agent-review-on-Zillow-is-real/560648/ 2014-09-25T17:17:00Z How do I know if an agent review on Zillow is real? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-know-if-an-agent-review-on-Zillow-is-real/560648/ In other words, sites like airbnb only allow reviews by people who actually used a rental provider, and since all that happens through Airbnb, it is authentic. How does Zillow know or validate&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; that it is not just an agent's friends who are writing tons of reviews for him?&nbsp;<br \><br \>26 replies Thu, 25 Sep 2014 17:17:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-know-if-an-agent-review-on-Zillow-is-real/560648/ 2014-09-25T17:17:00Z Could a foreigner residing out of USA get a loan to purchase an investment property in the USA? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Could-a-foreigner-residing-out-of-USA-get-a-loan-to-purchase-an-investment-property-in-the-USA/453675/ My father resides and lives in Venezuela and would like to buy a house in Texas with a loan. Could he qualify for a loan in the USA?<br \><br \>4 replies Wed, 01 Aug 2012 22:33:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Could-a-foreigner-residing-out-of-USA-get-a-loan-to-purchase-an-investment-property-in-the-USA/453675/ 2012-08-01T22:33:00Z Could a foreigner residing out of USA get a loan to purchase an investment property in the USA? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Could-a-foreigner-residing-out-of-USA-get-a-loan-to-purchase-an-investment-property-in-the-USA/453675/ My father resides and lives in Venezuela and would like to buy a house in Texas with a loan. Could he qualify for a loan in the USA?<br \><br \>4 replies Wed, 01 Aug 2012 22:33:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Could-a-foreigner-residing-out-of-USA-get-a-loan-to-purchase-an-investment-property-in-the-USA/453675/ 2012-08-01T22:33:00Z whats the lowest fico score can you have to buy a house , if we make about 130k http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/whats-the-lowest-fico-score-can-you-have-to-buy-a-house-if-we-make-about-130k/386419/ 42 replies Sun, 13 Feb 2011 12:27:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/whats-the-lowest-fico-score-can-you-have-to-buy-a-house-if-we-make-about-130k/386419/ 2011-02-13T12:27:00Z whats the lowest fico score can you have to buy a house , if we make about 130k http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/whats-the-lowest-fico-score-can-you-have-to-buy-a-house-if-we-make-about-130k/386419/ 42 replies Sun, 13 Feb 2011 12:27:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/whats-the-lowest-fico-score-can-you-have-to-buy-a-house-if-we-make-about-130k/386419/ 2011-02-13T12:27:00Z When looking for a home, what are the top 3 things you want in a neighborhood? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/When-looking-for-a-home-what-are-the-top-3-things-you-want-in-a-neighborhood/539853/ 6 replies Thu, 08 May 2014 14:53:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/When-looking-for-a-home-what-are-the-top-3-things-you-want-in-a-neighborhood/539853/ 2014-05-08T14:53:00Z Going with a relatively small lender http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Going-with-a-relatively-small-lender/564139/ My real estate agent is recommending his in-house relationship with a lender called Pinnacle Capital. Their 30-year fixed rates are comparable to my big national bank's rates, except that they offer something in cashback (say 5K).&nbsp;<br/><br/>My question is -- what are the risks of going with a smaller, less reviewed lender. Clearly, the big banks have their act all together, and in fact, may have more hurdles in the way of approving my loan. They also have no cashback offers. Is it worth going with the less known lender, just for the cashback? My agent says that since he has a close relationship with the lender, he can get things pushed through quickly and reduce the financing contingency, and thus make a better offer.<br/><br/>Seeking advice on how to make this decision...<br/><br/>thanks in advance,<br/>S&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br \><br \>12 replies Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:26:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Going-with-a-relatively-small-lender/564139/ 2014-10-24T18:26:00Z Do you use other client's reviews of agents to help you decide who to hire? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Do-you-use-other-client%27s-reviews-of-agents-to-help-you-decide-who-to-hire/545399/ 4 replies Fri, 13 Jun 2014 17:29:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Do-you-use-other-client%27s-reviews-of-agents-to-help-you-decide-who-to-hire/545399/ 2014-06-13T17:29:00Z hi, I want to know what happens if I extend the close of escrow for 2 days? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/hi-I-want-to-know-what-happens-if-I-extend-the-close-of-escrow-for-2-days/562511/ Do I get a penalty, or what is the worst going to happen? The closing is in 4 days, I want to extend for 2 more days. But all my bank approval is done. and funds are ready to close. Everything is set. But I want to postpone for two more days for some reason . Can I do that without any problem?<br \><br \>11 replies Sat, 11 Oct 2014 15:13:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/hi-I-want-to-know-what-happens-if-I-extend-the-close-of-escrow-for-2-days/562511/ 2014-10-11T15:13:00Z When selling a house, what are the best ways to depersonalize it? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/When-selling-a-house-what-are-the-best-ways-to-depersonalize-it/560371/ 11 replies Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:14:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/When-selling-a-house-what-are-the-best-ways-to-depersonalize-it/560371/ 2014-09-23T17:14:00Z Is Sunnyvale better prepared with their single unified Department of Public Safety? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-Sunnyvale-better-prepared-with-their-single-unified-Department-of-Public-Safety/558479/ All personnel are trained as firefighters, EMTs and police officers, enabling them to&nbsp;respond to emergencies in any of the three roles.&nbsp;<br \><br \>1 reply Mon, 08 Sep 2014 21:10:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-Sunnyvale-better-prepared-with-their-single-unified-Department-of-Public-Safety/558479/ 2014-09-08T21:10:00Z If you are renting but in the market for a home, would you consider buying in the same area? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/If-you-are-renting-but-in-the-market-for-a-home-would-you-consider-buying-in-the-same-area/556849/ 1 reply Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:58:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/If-you-are-renting-but-in-the-market-for-a-home-would-you-consider-buying-in-the-same-area/556849/ 2014-08-27T20:58:00Z How easy is it to install smart home automation systems? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-easy-is-it-to-install-smart-home-automation-systems/555331/ 3 replies Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:35:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-easy-is-it-to-install-smart-home-automation-systems/555331/ 2014-08-18T20:35:00Z I own a home in California with my sister (parents left to us) was thinking about Buying a 2nd home http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-own-a-home-in-California-with-my-sister-parents-left-to-us-was-thinking-about-Buying-a-2nd-home/548561/ So after my mom passed away, my sister moved back into the house with her husband, daughter, daughter's 3 year old, and daughters boyfriend. So Now my half is more like 15%, not to mention it is like I moved in with them and I should be grateful they let me stay here.&nbsp; I don't want to lose my California Proposition 90 which after 55 allows me to move and keep the same tax base.&nbsp; Thinking of moving to the Chandler Az area to be near one of my closest friends who has been having some medical issues.&nbsp; Was wondering the chances of qualifying for a loan with not so good credit on my end better on my sister's brother in law's&nbsp;side, but they have a bankrupcy on their record. House is worth over $1,000,000 free &amp; clear. looking&nbsp;for something in the&nbsp;&nbsp;$230,000 Range in Chandler, Tempe area with 20 to 25% down. Is it possible for&nbsp;my sister &amp; brother&nbsp;to buy as a second home which I would live in in exchange for them getting to live in the California home until I turn 55 approx 7 years and then sell both or rent out the Arizona home. And then move back to California to use my proposition 90 so we can each buy seperate homes but keep the low tax base?<br \><br \>1 reply Sat, 05 Jul 2014 23:26:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-own-a-home-in-California-with-my-sister-parents-left-to-us-was-thinking-about-Buying-a-2nd-home/548561/ 2014-07-05T23:26:00Z When selling your home, have you ever failed to exclude items that you wanted to keep? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/When-selling-your-home-have-you-ever-failed-to-exclude-items-that-you-wanted-to-keep/539855/ 0 replies Thu, 08 May 2014 14:55:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/When-selling-your-home-have-you-ever-failed-to-exclude-items-that-you-wanted-to-keep/539855/ 2014-05-08T14:55:00Z How and to whom should I report a bad appraiser? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-and-to-whom-should-I-report-a-bad-appraiser/467316/ I've had my house appraised for a refinance. The appraiser made multiple material errors like&nbsp;mischaracterizing&nbsp;my house, use bad comps, some comps even were reported to have higher square footage than what's reported in the country. After faced with all these facts, the appraiser refused to change the appraisal, which is preventing me from getting a refinance. I want to report him. I don't know how or to whom can i do that?<br \><br \>5 replies Mon, 05 Nov 2012 06:41:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-and-to-whom-should-I-report-a-bad-appraiser/467316/ 2012-11-05T06:41:00Z