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Ely, Counselor at Law
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My son was charged with felony vandalism by s previous

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My son was charged with felony vandalism by his previous landlord. His landlord had posted an eviction notice then proceeded to harass my son with text messages, showing up at his house every morning. The worse was when the landlord let himself into my son's house without notice, and my son found him in his bedroom when he woke up. These aggressive acts forced my son to flee the residence, leaving behind possessions, and a few minor repairs undone. The landlord sent my son pictures of the inside of the house in a state my son did not leave it. The landlord posted libelous statements about my son and the company he works for. What should my son do?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.

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I am sorry to hear about this situation. Can you please clarify:

1) What state is this in?

2) "My son was charged with felony vandalism by his previous landlord." You mean that is the same landlord that posted an eviction notice and then began harassing him, or a different one?

3) What was the basis for the eviction?

This is not an answer, but an information request. I need this information to answer your question. Please reply, so I can answer your question. Thank you in advance.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi Ely,
State of California. Same landlord that posted the eviction, and the landlord wanted to move into the property following a divorce. My son was up to date on his rent, and the landlord kept his $1,500 deposit. My son left the property before the 30 eviction days was up.
Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.
Thank you.
The landlord posted an eviction notice for your son. He cannot evict without cause. What was the (alleged) cause for the eviction? Example:
-non payment of rent
-breach of contract
-something else
Why did he not fight the eviction when he was served?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
This happened August 2015. Prior to the eviction notice, the landlord did not like the roommate situation at the house, and wanted to raise the rent, this is what he told my son. It was only later that we found out the landlord moved in to the property after his divorce.
Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.
Thank you. I have to go offline, and I do not want you to wait for me to reply hours from now. I am going to opt out of your question and open this up for other experts who will be able to reply sooner.
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My apologies for any inconvenience and good luck...
Expert:  Samuel II replied 1 year ago.


This is Samuel. And I will discuss this and provide you information since your prior professional opted out.

Can you tell me, however, what is it you need information for? Clearly list the questions in this regard.

Thank you.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for your response. Opting out of this service. Retained an attorney for this case.
Expert:  Samuel II replied 1 year ago.

Thank you and good luck with everything.