THEY CAN’T FORCIBLY ENTER OR DETAIN POSSESSIONS

It Is Illegal To Forcibly Enter A Property Or Detain Possessions.

California Penal Code §418 states as follows:

  • “Every person using or procuring, encouraging or assisting another to use, any force or violence in entering upon or detaining any lands or other possessions of another, except in the cases and in the manner allowed by law, is guilty of a misdemeanor.””

For the actual text of the law, click: California Penal Code §418.

No person, including landlords, may forcibly enter a tenant’s dwelling. A landlord entering a tenant’s premises without permission or good cause in emergency situations, can potentially be in violation of Penal Code Section 418. In addition, any landlord detaining a tenant’s possessions without consent may also be in violation.

Tenants' Rights

THEY CAN'T LOCK YOU OUT

California Civil Code §789.3 - No Landlord Lockouts, Shut off Utilities

THEY CAN'T INTRUDE

California Civil Code §1954 – landlord entering dwelling/property

THEY CAN'T PUSH YOU AROUND

California Civil Code §1940 – Unlawfully influencing tenant to leave

TENANT ENTITLED TO QUIET ENJOYMENT OF PROPERTY

California Civil Code §1927 - A Tenant Has The Right To Quiet Enjoyment Of Rental Property Without A Landlord’s Interference

THEY CAN'T FORCIBLY ENTER OR DETAIN POSSESSIONS

California Penal Code §418 - It Is Illegal To Forcibly Enter A Property Or Detain A Tenant’s Personal Possessions

THEY HAVE TO FIX IT

California Civil Code §1942 - A Tenant Has The Right To Prompt Response To Request For Repairs

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