Mira Loma, CA asked in Landlord - Tenant for California

Q: Can my landlord contact someone who is not on my lease, nor have affliliation with re. Late rent if I am not even late.

I am not late on rent and my landlord contacted the wife of my BOSS. I have not spoken with this person in years, it is the third, I made arrangements to pay on Monday, the 5th, and they contacted her on the third advising I am late on rent. This is the 2nd time I have documented the request to refrain from contacting her and they continue to proceed with harassing someone I don’t even speak with advising of late payment when I am not late.

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

A: In California, landlords have certain rights and responsibilities regarding their tenants. Typically, landlords are not allowed to disclose information about a tenant's lease or rental agreement to someone who is not a party to that agreement, unless the tenant has given explicit consent or unless required by law.

If your landlord contacted someone who is not on your lease and has no affiliation with the rental property, it could potentially be a violation of your privacy rights. Landlords should generally respect the privacy of their tenants and communicate directly with them regarding any issues related to the lease, including late rent payments.

If you have documented your request for the landlord to refrain from contacting this person and they continue to do so, you may want to consult with a local attorney or a legal aid organization to understand your rights and explore potential courses of action. They can provide you with specific advice based on the details of your situation and the applicable laws in your area.

Keep in mind that landlord-tenant laws can vary, so it's important to consult with a legal professional familiar with the laws in your jurisdiction for accurate advice.

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