California Rental Agreement Nolo

If a landlord has a serious access dispute with an otherwise satisfactory tenant, a useful first step is to meet with the tenant to see if the problem can be resolved. Often, low-cost, community-to-community mediation programs help develop an agreement. If these attempts at compromise do not work, a lessor can generally distribute the tenant for breach of the rental agreement or lease, provided that it contains an appropriate entrance fee. States typically require landlords to provide a certain amount of notification (typically 24 hours) before entering a rental unit. In some states, such as California, owners must provide an appropriate amount of notification, which is accepted by law as 24 hours a day. Owners can usually intervene in the short term if it is not possible to make the necessary notice. As a first step, the tenant will usually meet with the landlord first to get assurances that this behavior will not happen again. If that doesn`t work, the tenant can simply move (depending on her state laws) and claim that the landlord`s repeated violation of her privacy amounts to a “constructive evacuation.” Finally, if the landlord`s conduct seriously impairs the tenant`s safety, the tenant may have reason to take a successful legal action and claim damages. Typically, a tenant without a lawyer will bring an action in small claims court. For more details on small claims court proceedings and the maximum amount a person can sue for, see Ralph Warner`s Everybody`s Guide to Small Claims Court (National or California Edition) (Nolo Press).

Find your state`s statutes in a law library or large public library. If possible, look for the largest commented version, which also contains brief notes on important court decisions. Check the index among tenant tenants, then the intermediate title data protection…