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I live in California and rent a room in a house. The

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I live in California and rent a room in a house. The landlord has two Labrador here and keeps coming to the house when I'm not home to "see the dogs" but stuff is always moved inside the house he comes 3 times a week and texted me about 3 months ago to tell me when he will be here every week. He stays from 5 to 7 pm. The wifi was included in the rent, he cancelled it but the rent price stayed the same. The back deck has rotten wood in it and about a 2 foot hole in it. Can I legally break my lease?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Landlord-Tenant
Expert:  socrateaser replied 1 year ago.

Hello,

Are you the only tenant, or are there others who rent rooms?

Does the landlord have a room in the property where he can sleep?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
There is a second bedroom because he kicked the other tenant out because she had asked him not to come over so much because we had no privacy in our home
Expert:  socrateaser replied 1 year ago.

My point is that this is not where the landlord resides. It's a second bedroom that he rents.

Generally, a lease agreement requires that the landlord grant "exclusive possession" of the property to the tenants. Breach of that implied covenant/promise is sufficient grounds to terminate a lease. However, since the covenant may not be expressly stated in the lease, I would have to actually review the lease agreement before I could give you a definitive answer. I understand that you may have come to Justanswer seeking the "screamin' deal" on legal expenses. Unfortunately, there's just no way for anone to povide a competent answer to your question without reviewing the lease.

What I can tell you is that the problem with the deck may be grounds to break the lease. You would have to contact the city or county code enforcement department and have an investigator come out to inspect the property. If he/she agrees that the damage is a danger to you or your guests, and the landlord refuses to repair, then you could break the lease on that ground, because you would have the code enforcement department's evidence to prove your case.

If you want me to review the lease, let me know and I will send you an additional services offer.

If not, then I hope I've answered your question. Please let me know if you require further clarification. And, please provide a positive feedback rating for my answer -- otherwise, I receive nothing for my efforts in your behalf.

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