Q: Can owner of marina tell liveaboards to leave without putting request in writing?
Im a liveaboard at a marina in Contra Costa County, California. The owner of the marina violated the current law which says no liveaboards in Contra Costa and has a number of tenants living on their boats at his marina. Due to one tenant causing problems with other tenant, the marine sheriff have been involved and now are putting pressure on marina owner to get rid of liveaboards. The owner has verbally told some tenants they must leave by end of month. Some tenants have not been told. He has not provided a written notice to anyone. I got a verbal notice on the 3rd ofcthis month which gives me less than 30xdays to find another marina. This is a hardship for me. Is this legal and ive read the floating home (boat) laws and the owner of marina has not followed what is written. Help and advice is needed. There are 15 liveaboard boats here and not one of us created this.
A: This is not an admiralty or maritime question. Best check State landlord tenant laws.
Tim Akpinar agrees with this answer
Because this matter could involve elements of California law, it would be best to consult with a local attorney as to options. Unlike situations where a landlord might be benefiting from a tenant's departure, the owner here does not appear to be benefiting from asking tenants to leave - he is under pressure to do so, even if he wanted the tenants to stay. Good luck
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