How to Stop Landlord Harassment In California
Landlord harassment can be a big problem for tenants, and it can be hard to deal with. A slight disagreement or conflict with your California landlord can quickly turn into an all-out nightmare, with the landlord relentlessly calling, texting, and even coming to your house or workplace in an attempt to get you to move out.
If your landlord is harassing you, don't suffer in silence. DoNotPay offers a convenient and hassle-free way to fight back against . Read on to learn how you can use our service to stop landlord harassment in its tracks.
What Are My Rights as a Tenant in California?
California is a very tenant-friendly state with a. There are several renters rights you are entitled to in California:
- A safe and healthy living environment
- Access to clean running water
- To have your landlord provide written notice before entering the property. The law also prohibits the landlord from evicting you without notice.
- A reasonable degree of quiet enjoyment in your residence
- Be free from discrimination
- Refunds of security deposits within 21 days of moving out. You can sue the landlord for failing to return the security deposit.
- Withhold rent if your landlord fails to make necessary repairs
- Have your landlord pay for all necessary repairs. The law allows you to send a letter to your landlord requesting them to make essential repairs.
While states like Arizona require landlords to provide A/C units due to high temperatures, your California landlord isn't required to provide you with an A/C unit or other luxury amenities. If your landlord is violating any of your renters' rights, you can file a complaint against the landlord. DoNotPay can also help you protect those rights and fight back against landlord harassment.
You should keep this in your back pocket because:
- You deserve to live in peace
- You want to develop a good relationship with your landlord if possible
- You shouldn’t give up any of your rights without cause
How to Stop Landlord Harassment on Your Own
Landlord harassment is illegal in California under Cal. Civ. Code § 1940.2. The law prohibits a landlord from using force, threats, and menacing conduct to get a tenant to move out. The law also prohibits landlords from engaging in activities that seriously disturb or impair the tenant's comfort, safety, health, or peace, e.g., loud noises.
If your landlord has tried to force or intimidate you into moving out of your home, you may have a case against the landlord. Here is how you can fight back against landlord harassment on your own:
|Document||Every harassment encounter you have with your landlord. Note down the date and time it occurred and what was said|
|Write a letter||Informing your landlord that their behavior is unacceptable and must stop. Be sure to mention the specific instances of harassment that have occurred.|
|Get a witness||They must be there during altercations between you and the landlord. Witness recordings can be helpful if you decide to file a lawsuit.|
|Keep all rental documents||Including agreements, notes, photos, names of witnesses, and any form of evidence to support your claim.|
|File a police report||If the landlord does not stop harassing you after receiving your letter then contact an attorney to get a restraining order.|
How to Stop Landlord Harassment with DoNotPay
Being harassed by a landlord is already stressful and challenging enough. Dealing with the harassment on top of keeping up with your day-to-day life can be exhausting. There's a lot to consider – from getting a witness to be there during any altercations to going through the hassle of filing a police report to getting your security deposit back from your landlord. That's why DoNotPay offers a free and easy way to stop landlord harassment.
How to break a lease in California using DoNotPay:
If you want to break a lease in California but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 4 easy steps:
- Search for and open the Landlord Protection product on DoNotPay.
- Select which issue applies to you.
- Answer a simple set of questions so our chatbot can collect the necessary information to create your demand letter.
- Choose whether you want DoNotPay to send the demand letter to your landlord or roommate on your behalf. If you already tried sending a demand letter and it didn't work, we can help you start the small claims court process.
And that's it! You should hear back from your landlord directly once your demands are sent. DoNotPay can also help you kick out a roommate you no longer want to stay with.
Why Use DoNotPay to Stop Landlord Harassment in California
Some of the distinct advantages of leveraging DoNotPay services include:
- Fast. You don't have to spend time doing it yourself, worrying about getting the law right. We're here to help you with that.
- Easy. No need to struggle with lengthy processes or filing tedious forms. Neither do you need to keep track of your claim. Provide a few details, and we will handle the rest.
- Successful. We have a proven track record of helping people win their disputes. Rest assured, we shall replicate the same for you.
What Else Can DoNotPay Do?
Stopping landlord harassment is just one of many things DoNotPay can help you with. DoNotPay can also help you solve the following:
- Find unclaimed money
- Notarize documents
- Sue anyone in a small claims court
- Help with standardized legal documents
- Freedom of information act