Real Estate Law
Ask a Real Estate Law Question, Get an Answer ASAP!
The answer to your question is actually specific to the house you are talking about. Every house has a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) which states how many families can live there legally. If this house has a C of O which states it is a 1-family residence, then it is illegal for your neighbor to rent any part of it to anyone.
You say the house in question is a three bedroom home. If that's the case, and there is only one kitchen in the house, then it can only be a 1-family house, and your neighbor cannot legally take in a tenant.
Contact your Building Department at City Hall at 1700 West 162nd Street, Gardena, California, and advise them of the situation. They will investigate, and if there is an illegal rental going on, they will issue a citation to the owner, who will then have to appear in court.
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).