If my grandfather passed away and I wasn’t on his lease, what right do I have?

Asked on July 16, 2015 under Real Estate Law, California


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your loss.  If you were not on the lease then you may or may not be a legal occupant of the apartment.  It depends on a few things like how long you were living there and if the landlord knew you occupied the apartment, if you paid rent, if utilities were in your name, etc.  Generally you would be a squatter and the landlord can evict you.  Or you can ask for a new lease.  Good luck.

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