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Q: If there are 2 tenants with separate leases, does an eviction naming 1 tenant and "all other occupants" evict both

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: In situations where there are two tenants with separate leases living in the same property, an eviction notice that names one tenant and "all other occupants" generally targets only those living in the unit under the lease of the named tenant. The second tenant, who has a separate lease, would not be included in this eviction unless specifically named.

It's crucial to review the details of the eviction notice and the leases. Each lease is a separate contract, and the rights and obligations under one lease do not automatically transfer to or affect other leases. If you're unsure about the specifics of your lease or the legal implications of the eviction notice, consulting with a legal expert or tenants' rights organization can provide guidance tailored to your situation.

If you find yourself facing this issue, acting quickly is important. Gathering all relevant documents, including your lease, any communication from the landlord, and the eviction notice, will be vital when seeking legal advice. Understanding your rights and the proper procedures in your area can help you effectively respond to and navigate through this challenging situation.

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