Do I have the right for notice prior to a contractor arriving at my house?

I was awoken to a man repeatedly banging on my front door twice in less than 20 minutes while home alone. My landlord had scheduled a repair and failed to tell me. I cited recent criminal activity in the area and asked she tell me when she schedules someone to come by the house, or due to respect for her property and my safety, I will immediately call her and the police if a unscheduled visitor continuously pounds on my door. She angrily called me and stated she will not be renewing the lease because I don’t feel safe, and “that’s not good for anyone involved”. Is this considered retaliatory eviction?

Asked on August 2, 2012 under Real Estate Law, California


Cameron Norris, Esq. / Law Office of Gary W. Norris

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

The landlord needs to give you reasonable notice (most courts find that reasonable notice is 24 hours notice) before entering or having another party enter.  You were right.  Your landlord is wrong.  Not renewing your lease is not retaliatory eviction, because you are not evicted.  I wouldn't renew anyway, as it sounds like you would be better off with a new landlord.

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