Evicting Tenant from Your House in California – Lodger Rule


In a majority of cases, Los Angeles landlords must go through the eviction process to evict a tenant.  My firm helps landlords evict tenants throughout Southern California.

There is a special rule that California landlords may use to evict tenants in very limited circumstances.  This is known as the lodger rule.

A landlord who lives in the same house as the tenant and has control over the house, and rents out a room to no more than  one person, may terminate the tenancy by giving the tenant a 30 day notice.  If the lodger remains in possession at the expiration of the 30 days, then the tenant lodger is guilty of an infraction and may be arrested.  Local law enforcement should be contacted.

The lodger rule is tricky and legal counsel should be hired, but if it works, the lodger rule can be a fast and effective way of removing a tenant from your house without going through the court.

The Law Office of David Piotrowski represents landlords throughout southern California and can assist with a tenant eviction.

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