Lakewood, CA asked in Land Use & Zoning, Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for California

Q: I rent a room in my landlords home. I installed a locking doorknob when I moved in and I have the only key.

my mother also lives here separate bedroom we have lived here for four years verbal agreement in California. We pay rent on time every month. Are we tenants or lodgers??

1 Lawyer Answer

Thomas A. Grossman

Answered
  • Real Estate Law Lawyer
  • Palm Springs, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Since you pay rent to share two rooms in the landlord's house, you are on a month to month tenancy. If your landlord wants to evict you, he would have to give you 30 day's notice. A Lodger is more like being a Hotel Guest, where you pay for a certain number of days, and when those days are up you can stay or go. In busy resort areas, you may have to leave on your last day if the Hotel is booked up.

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