Asked in Criminal Law and Landlord - Tenant for California

Q: What if my landlord has verbally and physically assaulted me?

They're threatening to throw me out if I dont get renters insurance immediately. Can they force me to do that?

1 Lawyer Answer
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Newport Beach, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Whether your LL can require you to have renter's insurance or not depends on the terms of your lease. But this is a different topic from a LL physically abusing you. That is an assault and battery and you are entitled to be free from such treatment whether it is a LL or anyone. If he has physically assaulted you, you might want to contact your local police and file a report, even after the fact. You can also go to court and obtain a Restraining Order based on Harassment and if you are claiming a physical assault, I believe the Clerk does not charge a fee for filing the complaint. You can get an expedited hearing and you can get a temporary order to keep him away from you. You should contact a good Tenant's rights or Eviction defense attorney in your area.

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