Fairhope, AL asked in Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for California

Q: can a tenant remodel a home without permission and then move out and ask for thier money back

and sue owner which lives 2500 miles away when they did the remodel they were told to stop but continue now we going to court

1 Lawyer Answer
Richard Michael Gee
Richard Michael Gee
  • Lakewood, CO
  • Licensed in California

A: The answer is probably no. Usually, a lease requires the tenant to return the property to the landlord at the end of the term in the same condition in which the tenant received it, reasonable wear and tear excluded. Most leases also do not allow any material alteration of the premises without the written approval of the landlord. And no normal residential lease allows a tenant to make structural repairs without the landlord's approval. There are statutes that allow a residential tenant to make emergency repairs and then deduct the cost of those repairs from the rent payment, but these don't normally apply to a "remodel."

You should get advice on this from a local California lawyer well-versed in residential landlord/tenant disputes and leases, as this is likely to be a litigated matter.

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