Legal Q&A: Fired maintenance worker won’t vacate unit


Question: I have a maintenance worker who was terminated and was given seven days to vacate his apartment. He has not left, and I would like to know if I need to send him through the eviction process or if there is anything else I can do to get him out.

Ted Kimball
Kimball, Tirey & St. John LLP

Answer: You need to send him through the eviction process.  If he was purely an employee, and not paying rent, you can immediately file the unlawful detainer action.

Question: Is it illegal for an owner to charge for his own labor (as long as it is the going rate for that type of work) and deduct that amount from the tenant’s security deposit?

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