If my landlordisn’t paying taxes on all the roomsthat he has rented out, how can I report him?

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If my landlordisn’t paying taxes on all the roomsthat he has rented out, how can I report him?

I live on a property with multiple lodgers and the landlord. Is it legal for him to demand I pay in cash only? I was up in the kitchen late one night and he kicked me out. Also, the next morning he wrote a very rude and unprofessional letter to me and taped it to my door for everyone to read. It stated that I don’t follow “rules,” though there were none when I signed the lease. Can he set a 10 pm curfew for the kitchen?

Asked on December 22, 2010 under Real Estate Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Two very different issues:

1) If you think your landlord is cheating on taxes and want to report him, you can contact either your state tax dept. or the IRS. Note that asking to be paid in cash only is perfectly legal--for example, many small pizza places and other stores do  it, to avoid the hassle, delay, and risk of nonpayment of personal checks and the expenses of accepting credit cards. So being paid in cash is fine, as long as proper taxes are also paid.

2) The landlord may not impose additional rules or conditions not in your lease--though when the lease is up for renewal, he may change terms. If you don't have a written lease, you are a month to month tenant and the landlord may change the terms and conditions on 30 days notice.


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