Asked by Annoyedlandlord, San Jose, CA • Thu Jan 7, 2010
'm a home owner who is renting out my converted garage (which is like a studio-separate entry way, kitchen, bath and utilities included) with shared common area (laundry room). This tenant has not paid rent and has given me notice that she will be leaving by text. However she has been vandalizing my property (cutting phone lines, lights, etc). and posing as a threat to me. In seeking help, I am told that I have to go through the eviction process. Since I, the owner and she, the renter, both live at the same address at a single family residence, can she be considered a "lodger" instead of a tenant? She's been served with a 3 day notice to pay or quit and she stated she was going to quit but made no attempt to move. I've also served her a 30 day notice to quit- as back up. I've gotten police reports on the property damage. I just want her out. If she falls under a "lodger" and not a tenant, I can make her leave-due to trespassing..right? And when she's out, what can I do w/ her stuff?
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