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I lease from a church for my preschool business. in the last

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i lease from a church for my preschool business. in the last 5 years the pastor has raised my rent 4 times. he wants me out so he can take my modular classrooms and start his own preschool. i missed a few payment in jan/feb but hace been current he did an audit and told me if i dont pay 6600 by nov, im being evicted. he harrasses me constantly. they dont have the congregation to pay there bills. he took out a 100,000 dollar loan to do improvements? the parking lot is a danger zone pot holes we have had people fall. i think he is prejustice against my black director no one on the board talks to her
JA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: calif
JA: What are the terms of the lease? Any issues related to maintenance or upkeep?
Customer: its all verball month to month
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: his constant harrasment has caused me health issues blood pressure, stomach problems.
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Landlord-Tenant
Expert:  socrateaser replied 1 month ago.

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Hello,

I am a member of the State Bar of California, the Bar of the U.S. District and Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California (San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside Counties), the Bar of the U.S. Tax Court, the California and National Associations of Realtors, and I have comprehensive information about all areas of California law.

If you believe that the landlord is harassing you based upon a racially discriminatory motive, then that is actionable under the California Unruh Civil Rights Act.

The easiest means of getting some assistance, based upon your stated facts, is to file a complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH).

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Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Not much of an answer. Is civil rights all I have legally
Expert:  socrateaser replied 1 month ago.

I regret your dissatisfaction -- however, my answer does provide you with a recourse which will cost you nothing to exercise (that's what most Justanswer customers are seeking, in my experience).

That said, you could file a complaint for a civil harassment restraining order. The problem with this type of recourse is: (1) it requires "clear and convincing proof," which is a very difficult standard to meet; and (2) courts are extremely reluctant to provide this type of recourse in a landlord-tenant scenario, because in effect, it limits the landlord's access to their property. The landlord can't "move" away.

Your only other recourse is to terminate the lease on 30-day notice and relocate your business elsewhere.

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Expert:  socrateaser replied 1 month ago.

Hello again,

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