THEY CAN'T LOCK YOU OUT
Landlord’s cannot lock-out or remove a tenant from their rental unit. Only a sheriff with a writ or court order can do so.
California Civil Code §789.3 (b)(1) states as follows:
- “…a landlord shall not, with intent to terminate the occupancy under any lease or other tenancy or estate at will, however created, of property used by a tenant as his or her residence, willfully:
- (1) Prevent the tenant from gaining reasonable access to the property by changing the locks or using a bootlock or by any other similar method or device;”
The landlord cannot lock-out a tenant, even if the tenant is past due on rent and/or involved in eviction proceedings.