My question involves an eviction in the state of: CA (SF in particular).
I have a friend (OWNER) who rented out a room in his house to a guy (TENANT) more than a year and a half ago. About 6 months ago, OWNER told TENANT that he was terminating the lease, and TENANT needed to move out.
Since then, TENANT has not moved his possessions out, nor has he surrendered his key. He also has not paid any rent since then. TENANT is obviously not living there - he does not spend nights, receive mail, etc. In fact TENANT enters the home infrequently, for no real purpose.
I think OWNER should change the locks on the door, post a notice on the door stating something like: You no longer legally reside here. I am keeping your possessions as collateral until all back rent, along with any administrative and legal fees have been paid.
Mostly OWNER just wants the guy to stay away. He really doesn't understand the law, is afraid of it, and doesn't want to pay for a good lawyer.
So his (OWNER's) question is: can he legally change the locks? What can he do about TENANT's possessions, as well as security deposit?
I will send any responses on to him.