If a rental contract is not 1 year in length or longer he cannot legally evict you for not signing one.
It is NOT required by California law to have a written rental contract if the term is under 1 year.... more
Another perspective, from someone who's done this a bunch of times: If you have a decent relationship with the tenant, it is worth going to him and trying to negotiate a voluntary vacancy. You may be able to negotiate an agreement that results in a faster, cheaper move-out than you will get by going through the Housing Department's process. And the worst case scenario is that you just use the LAHD proces. So, nothing to lose by trying to negotiate.
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