Aliso Viejo, CA asked in Landlord - Tenant for California

Q: Is it legal for a landlord to send harassing, threatening letters through an attorney?

I have received several harassing/nuisance letter from my complex attorney's office after I reported being threatened by an individual in my complex that isn't on the apt lease according to her family.

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Under California law, landlords have a duty to provide their tenants with quiet enjoyment of their rental units. This means that landlords cannot engage in behavior that interferes with a tenant's right to peaceful and quiet enjoyment of their rental unit. This includes using harassing or threatening language towards a tenant.

If your landlord or their attorney is sending you harassing or threatening letters, this may be considered a violation of your right to quiet enjoyment. Additionally, landlords cannot retaliate against tenants for exercising their legal rights, such as reporting safety concerns or requesting repairs.

If you believe that your landlord or their attorney is engaging in harassing or threatening behavior, you may wish to consult with a local tenant rights organization or speak with an attorney who specializes in landlord-tenant law. They can help you understand your options and potential remedies, including potentially filing a complaint with the appropriate government agency or pursuing legal action against your landlord.

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