Can my landlord evict me for my garage being messy or storing a friends things in my outside shed?

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Can my landlord evict me for my garage being messy or storing a friends things in my outside shed?

Asked on December 13, 2012 under Real Estate Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If any of the following apply--

1) You are not renting the outside shed, and so do not have lawful access to or use of it;

2) You have a written lease which calls for you to maintain the premises in a clean or orderly fashion, and you are  not; or

3) Regardless of whether you have a written lease with the above term, the amount, type, etc. of belongings you are storing are posing some sort of safety (e.g. falling, tripping, fire, etc.) hazard, are attracting vermin (e.g. rodents), or are impinging on the landlord's use of space which is his/hers to use

--then yes, you could be evicted. Otherwise, most likely not; though note: if you only have an oral/verbal lease, then the landlord could elect to terminate you tenancy for any reason, on 30 days notice.


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