Las Vegas, NV asked in Landlord - Tenant for California

Q: Unfair housingDiscriminationPoor maintenance Health threateningHarassment

I'm going thru eviction my landlord shuts off the hot water everytime he hears the shower water running for me and my children ,and he also got a lock

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Rod B. Tuazon
Rod B. Tuazon
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Ventura, CA

A: “Self-help” evictions are illegal in California. Turning the water heater off or changing locks are activities that the landlord cannot do during the eviction process. If you can provide proof of such activities, you may have been illegally evicted and you may counter sue or use it as a defense on your unlawful detainer action. If proven, the court may award actual damages or even punitive damages plus court costs or attorney fees. If this activity is recurring, I suggest contacting an attorney who specializes in landlord tenant laws or unlawful detainer action.

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