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My landlord is converting my garage into s house and also

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My landlord is converting my garage into his house and also moving in his stuff do I have any rights? He also only accepts cash and keeps building more rooms in the house to rent out to people. Currently there are 7 of us living here and him plus his wife will make 9! What should I do?
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Landlord-Tenant
Expert:  CalAttorney2 replied 8 months ago.

The landlord cannot change the terms of the lease (this includes taking over parts of the property for his/her own use).

The landlord cannot require you to pay rent in cash (unless you have been delinquent in rent - see this article by the California Attorney General for details: http://www.dca.ca.gov/publications/landlordbook/living-in.shtml).

To enforce your rights, you can sue your landlord for "breach of contract" (the lease agreement) as well as a breach of your "implied right of quiet enjoyment" in small claims court: http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-smallclaims.htm

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