THEY CAN’T LOCK YOU OUT

Landlord’s cannot lock-out or remove a tenant from their rental unit. Only a sheriff with a writ or court order can do so.

California Civil Code §789.3 (b)(1) states as follows:

  • “…a landlord shall not, with intent to terminate the occupancy under any lease or other tenancy or estate at will, however created, of property used by a tenant as his or her residence, willfully:
    • (1) Prevent the tenant from gaining reasonable access to the property by changing the locks or using a bootlock or by any other similar method or device;”

For the actual text of the law, click here.

The landlord cannot lock-out a tenant, even if the tenant is past due on rent and/or involved in eviction proceedings.


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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