Hi, my best friend moved into her new apt on saturday, july 16 in Pasadena (LA area) for 1-yr contract. it's a studio apt with utility paid and a carport for parking. the landlord had told her on thursday (july 21) that he wants her to move out and gave her a 7-day notice saying that she's not suitable for his apt.
here's what i know about the situation. on the day she moved, she went ahead to turn on the a/c around 10:30am so when we move her furnitures the room would be cool. when we arrived at 12:50, the landlord was waiting for her telling her that it is in her renter's agreement that no appliances is allowed to be on if there's no one at home. so he went in and turn off the a/c unit and left her a notice/warning.
on monday (july 18), my friend was home after her class, he came by and said that he didn't realize she would be home so much, and that he would probably have to double her utility.
on thursday (july 21), she called the landlord reporting that the phone jack didn't work. her phone is not connected until either wed (july 20) or thurs (july 21), so she didn't test until thurs. first he said he would call someone to come by to check, then an hr later, he showed up and tried to open the door himself while she's watching tv. he accused her of breaking the phone jack (how do you even do that?) she told him that of course she didn't, and asked that if he is going to schedule someone for repair, please notice her in advance. in response, he said that she's too much
on friday afternoon (july 22), the landlord knocked on her door and said that he's giving her 7 day notice and he wants her to move out before end of the month. citing that she's "not suitable for his apt." he also said that he'll bring over some paper for her to sign. when she asked that he leave the paper so she could look over it before she signs anything, he refused and said that he would give her a copy after she signs and that he knows better than she does anyways.
oh.. friday afternoon when he knocked on her door, he also complained that she was way too much stuff for the studio apt. to demonstrate his point, he opened the door of next apt to show her that he expects his tenant to have minimum number of furniture. the guy living next door was at work, and probably wasn't ever told that his apt is being shown by apt manager.
so, we told her not to sign anything, obviously, and seek legal help in this matter. but we want to know also, does the landlord have the right to do this kind of things? it sounds like invasion of tenant privacy and voilates so many things. Please advise!! thank you