Can my roommates kick me out after we had a disagreement?

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Can my roommates kick me out after we had a disagreement?

I am a college student. I rent an apartment with 2 other girls; we are all on the lease. It is a 2-bedroom. One girl, whose mom co-signed, has her own room and the other girl and I share a room. We had a falling out and they have brought someone else to live there who is not on the lease. They have all agreed they do not want me there and have given me 3 days to pack my stuff and leave. I pay rent and other bills on time; I clean and do my part. Their argument was that I do not clean everyday and only clean 3 days of the week. They have picked up a lease removal form for me to sign. Can they do this?

Asked on February 1, 2018 under Real Estate Law, California

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

One roommate cannot be evicted by another (or others). Only a landlord has the legal right to remove a tenant (and only then for cause such as non-payment of rent, etc.). Accordingly, if your roommates do anything to remove you or your belongings without your consent then you can take legal action against them. The cause of action would be for unlawful eviction.


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