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This isn't a Code issue, this is a simple breach of contract issue. If the seller was not the legal owner after the 14th, then they have no legal right to retain any additional rent paid and would have to refund it to the new owner, i.e. you.
So you would sue them in small claims court under a breach of contract and "unjust enrichment" claim. Unjust enrichment is when someone receives a benefit that they are not entitled to, then they have to repay it or pay for it.
The limit in CA small claims is $10K and you don't need an attorney to represent you. The clerks will have the summons and complaint forms you need to file and will help with getting the seller served with the summons..