Q: My fiance has a compromised immune system and refuses to see me because my landlord keeps having unannounced workmen in my rented home. It’s not the first time this has happened. As a single woman, strangers in my house during a pandemic could not be more outrageous. Yesterday there was another “Maintenance service ticket” on my kitchen counter. There is nothing wrong with the heating, plumbing or electrical. I have never requested a service call.
I’m six months behind on rent, so I do not want to report him to the authorities. My fiance thinks this is a form of harassment to make me vacate the property. I’m at my wits’ end with this landlord. What can I do to stop this nefarious and potentially deadly intimidation?
A: You have to contact the authorities. Seek the tenant-landlord assistance organizations in your county. Do your homework, and you will find a local agency fighting this type of abuse regularly. The law is well known to landlords and tenants.
Read this excerpt from California Civil Code 1954: “(c) The landlord may not abuse the right of access or use it to harass the tenant.
(d) (1) Except as provided in subdivision (e), or as provided in paragraph (2) or (3), the landlord shall give the tenant reasonable notice in writing of his or her intent to enter and enter only during normal business hours. The notice shall include the date, approximate time, and purpose of the entry. The notice may be personally delivered to the tenant, left with someone of a suitable age and discretion at the premises, or, left on, near, or under the usual entry door of the premises in a manner in which a reasonable person would discover the notice. Twenty-four hours shall be presumed to be reasonable notice in absence of evidence to the contrary. The notice may be mailed to the tenant. Mailing of the notice at least six days prior to an intended entry is presumed reasonable notice in the absence of evidence to the contrary.”
You have no choice but to act to protect yourself by seeking a mediated solution. In doing so, you’ll help preserve your fiance’s health and, by avoiding litigation, some of your landlord’s wealth.
Questions? Realtor Pat Kapowich is a career-long consumer protection advocate and Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager. (408) 245-7700 Pat@SiliconValleyBroker.com DRE# 00979413 www.SiliconValleyBroker.com YouTube.com/PatKapowich
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