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Tektonik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-17-08 11:41 PM
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Anyone familiar with rental tenant/landlord laws, CA ones specifically?
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The situation I have is that I'm under a verbal month to month rental agreement where I pay my rent during the first seven days of the month for my bedroom. There are 4 bedrooms in the house, I occupy one, my brother occupies another, another student occupies one, and the landlord's son occupies the last. Every month each of us pay 600 for rent and 50 for utilities by check to the landlord's son. He's responsible for giving the check to his mom for rent and then using the utility checks to pay our SD G&E bill.

Today there was a notice of late payment on our front door and notifying that our power will be shutoff if the bill is not paid by March 17th. Well my brother and I paid him almost two weeks ago for the electricity bill. The landlord's son is training to be an EMT & is a partier, so he's RARELY here (good thing since he's a total dick).

My question, if our power is off tomorrow or longer, my brother and I intend to move out or at least make sure we move out by April 1st, but if we move by April 1st that doesn't give us the thirty days notice a tenant is normally supposed to give for a month to month agreement.

If the power is shutoff tomorrow would I be lawfully be able to move out and get my deposit back and a prorated amount of my rent check for this month in accordance to when I move out?

Thanks for any answers, and I'll make sure to cross-post this in the CA forum.
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