Asserting Your Rights Against Illegal Landlord Entry

California law allows a landlord to enter a rented residential space only under certain circumstances. However, many landlords either do not understand the law, or they ignore it.

If your landlord has entered your apartment without 24 hours' written notice or if you have been the victim of landlord harassment, the law can protect you. Call the Law Offices of James Coy Driscoll at (415) 523-5591 to stop landlord harassment.

Helping You Secure Your Right To Privacy

The law states that a landlord may enter a rented or leased space only under these circumstances:

  • In case of emergency
  • To make necessary repairs, alterations or improvements
  • To exhibit or show the unit to potential renters, buyers or contractors
  • To inspect the unit before a departing tenant vacates it
  • When the tenant has abandoned or surrendered the premises
  • Pursuant to a court order

Except in the case of emergency or abandonment, prior to entering an apartment the landlord must give written notice to the tenant, usually 24 hours in advance.

Landlord harassment can also take the form of verbal harassment, interference with your right to enjoy your property, threats, intimidation and other behavior.

Fighting Landlord Harassment By Your Landlord

You do not have to put up with landlord harassment, illegal entry or other intimidating behavior by your landlord. James Coy Driscoll, an experienced tenants' rights lawyer, can take action to stop harassment by a landlord.

Often, a letter from our firm is enough to convince an errant landlord to stop unacceptable behavior. More serious cases may require legal action. Under California law, a landlord who illegally enters a rental unit is liable for actual and punitive damages for any losses incurred by the tenant. Our firm can represent you in any difficulty you have with your landlord.

Taking Action

The Law Offices of James Coy Driscoll can explain your rights and take the steps needed to secure your peace and privacy.

If you have been harassed by your landlord, call (415) 523-5591 or contact our tenants' rights attorney online. The initial telephone consultation is free of charge.