Los Angeles Justicecorps Housing Law Quiz

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Los Angeles Justicecorps Housing Law Quiz - Quiz

This test is administered at the beginning and at the conclusion of your JusticeCorps experience to evaluate your level of knowledge in the area of Housing / Landlord-Tenant Law.  


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Legal documents filed with the Court must be typed.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Legal documents filed with the Court do not necessarily have to be typed. They can also be handwritten, as long as they are legible and meet the court's requirements. Therefore, the statement that legal documents must be typed is false.

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  • 2. 

    Unlawful Detainer is the legal terminology for eviction

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Unlawful Detainer is indeed the legal terminology for eviction. It refers to a legal action taken by a landlord to remove a tenant from a property due to a breach of the lease agreement or non-payment of rent. The process involves filing a lawsuit and obtaining a court order to regain possession of the property. Therefore, the statement "Unlawful Detainer is the legal terminology for eviction" is true.

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  • 3. 

    A Tenant has the right to repair serious defects in the rental unit and deduct certain repair costs from the rent.  

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    A tenant has the right to repair serious defects in the rental unit and deduct certain repair costs from the rent. This is known as the "repair and deduct" remedy. If the landlord fails to address serious defects that affect the habitability of the rental unit, the tenant can hire a professional to fix the issues and then deduct the cost of repairs from their rent payment. However, it is important for tenants to familiarize themselves with local laws and regulations regarding this remedy, as there may be specific requirements and limitations in place.

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  • 4. 

    If a Tenant has lived in a non-rent controlled rental unit for more than 1 year, s/he may receive 30 Day Notice to quit to terminate the tenancy.  

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    If a tenant has lived in a non-rent controlled rental unit for more than 1 year, they may receive a 30-day notice to quit to terminate the tenancy. This means that the landlord can legally give the tenant a notice stating that they must vacate the premises within 30 days. This is because in non-rent controlled areas, landlords have more flexibility in terminating tenancies compared to rent-controlled areas where stricter regulations are in place to protect tenants.

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  • 5. 

    A Tenant not named on the eviction action can still file an Answer by completing the Claim of Right to Possession.  

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    A tenant who is not named in the eviction action can still file an Answer by completing the Claim of Right to Possession. This means that even if the tenant is not directly involved in the eviction proceedings, they still have the right to defend their right to possess the property. By filing an Answer, the tenant can present their case and provide any relevant evidence or arguments to support their claim. This allows the tenant to have their voice heard and potentially avoid being evicted from the property.

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  • 6. 

    In rent control jurisdictions, an owner can raise a Tenant’s rent without any restrictions.  

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    In rent control jurisdictions, an owner cannot raise a tenant's rent without any restrictions. Rent control laws typically limit the amount of rent that can be increased and provide guidelines for when and how rent can be raised. These laws aim to protect tenants from excessive rent hikes and ensure affordable housing options. Therefore, the statement that an owner can raise a tenant's rent without any restrictions is false.

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  • 7. 

    A Landlord can enter the rental unit without notice in cases of an emergency.  

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    In cases of an emergency, a landlord may need to enter the rental unit without giving prior notice to ensure the safety and well-being of the tenants or to address urgent issues that could cause further damage to the property. This could include situations such as a fire, a gas leak, or a water leak. In such cases, the landlord's immediate access to the rental unit is necessary to mitigate the emergency and protect the tenants and the property.

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  • 8. 

    A Tenant has 30 days to file an Answer to an eviction.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    A tenant does not have a fixed 30-day period to file an answer to an eviction. The specific time frame for filing an answer can vary depending on the jurisdiction and the specific eviction process being followed. It is important for tenants facing eviction to consult local laws and regulations to determine the correct deadline for filing an answer.

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  • 9. 

    Implied Warranty of Habitability means the rental unit must be in tip-top perfect condition.    

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Implied Warranty of Habitability does not mean that the rental unit must be in tip-top perfect condition. It means that the landlord is responsible for ensuring that the rental unit is safe and habitable, meeting basic health and safety standards. The unit does not have to be in perfect condition, but it must be suitable for living and free from any hazardous conditions.

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  • 10. 

    What is a landlord’s first step in formally evicting a tenant for failing to pay rent?

    • A.

      Make a police report

    • B.

      File a complaint with the local rent control or housing agency

    • C.

      Contact the Tenant’s employer

    • D.

      Give the Tenant a written notice asking the Tenant to pay rent or move out

    Correct Answer
    D. Give the Tenant a written notice asking the Tenant to pay rent or move out
    Explanation
    The first step a landlord must take in formally evicting a tenant for failing to pay rent is to give the tenant a written notice asking them to pay rent or move out. This written notice serves as a formal communication to the tenant, informing them of their obligation to pay rent and giving them a chance to rectify the situation. It is an important step in the eviction process as it establishes a clear record of communication between the landlord and tenant, which may be required in legal proceedings.

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  • 11. 

    In the State of California, what must the Notice to Pay Rent or Quit have on its face to make it valid?

    • A.

      The number of days to pay

    • B.

      The amount of the rent to pay

    • C.

      The name of the person to pay rent to

    • D.

      The address of the person to pay rent to

    • E.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    E. All of the above
    Explanation
    The Notice to Pay Rent or Quit in the State of California must have the number of days to pay, the amount of rent to pay, the name of the person to pay rent to, and the address of the person to pay rent to in order to be valid. This means that all of these elements must be included on the notice for it to be considered legally acceptable and enforceable.

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  • 12. 

    In an Unlawful Detainer case, what are the correct terms used to identify the parties of the case?

    • A.

      Petitioner and Respondent

    • B.

      Plaintiff and Defendant

    • C.

      Owner and Claimant

    • D.

      All of the above

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Plaintiff and Defendant
    Explanation
    In an Unlawful Detainer case, the correct terms used to identify the parties of the case are Plaintiff and Defendant. These terms are commonly used in legal proceedings to distinguish the party bringing the lawsuit (plaintiff) from the party being sued (defendant). The terms "Petitioner and Respondent" are typically used in other types of cases, such as civil or family law cases. "Owner and Claimant" may be used in certain situations, but they are not the standard terms used in an Unlawful Detainer case. Therefore, the correct answer is Plaintiff and Defendant.

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  • 13. 

    How many days does a Tenant have to file a response to an eviction lawsuit?

    • A.

      3

    • B.

      5

    • C.

      10

    • D.

      30

    Correct Answer
    B. 5
    Explanation
    A tenant typically has 5 days to file a response to an eviction lawsuit. This allows them a reasonable amount of time to gather any necessary evidence or consult with legal counsel before submitting their response. It is important for tenants to be aware of and adhere to this deadline to protect their rights and present their case effectively in court.

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  • 14. 

    What can a Tenant do if he/she cannot afford to pay the Court fees to defend an eviction case?

    • A.

      Write a letter to the presiding judge explaining his/her finances

    • B.

      Fill out a Court form asking the Court to waive the fees

    • C.

      Borrow the court fees or move

    • D.

      File Bankruptcy

    Correct Answer
    B. Fill out a Court form asking the Court to waive the fees
    Explanation
    If a tenant cannot afford to pay the court fees to defend an eviction case, they can fill out a court form asking the court to waive the fees. This option allows the tenant to request the court to exempt them from paying the fees due to their financial situation. By filling out the form, the tenant can explain their inability to afford the fees and seek assistance from the court in order to proceed with their defense in the eviction case.

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  • 15. 

    If a Tenant loses his/her case, what type of notice will the Sheriff post on the Tenant's door?

    • A.

      3 Day Notice to Vacate

    • B.

      5 Day Notice to Vacate

    • C.

      10 Day Notice to Vacate

    • D.

      Sheriff has no obligation to a notice on the Tenant’s door.

    Correct Answer
    A. 3 Day Notice to Vacate
    Explanation
    If a tenant loses their case, the Sheriff will post a 3 Day Notice to Vacate on the tenant's door. This notice informs the tenant that they have three days to vacate the premises. It is a legal requirement to provide this notice to the tenant before any further action can be taken to evict them. The notice gives the tenant a final opportunity to move out voluntarily before the Sheriff enforces the eviction.

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