My question involves an eviction in the state of: California
I've been working out of state at various jobs and have had my house for sale for the last one and a half years. I had a cat-sitter stay there before I decided to sell it and I said she could just stay on, rent free, if she wanted to pay her utilities which I would have had turned off until the house sold. She of course agreed to leave when the house sold. Now that the house is in escrow, she has asked for a three month long period to finish a class she is taking. My real-estate agent said his legal department said she is entitled to a 60-day notice because she has lived there for over a year.
After that is when I found the definition of a lodger and only needing to give notice corresponding to the days between rent payments. She is not a tenant as I have never rented to her. And she isn't a lodger either because it's always been temporary due to the eminent sale of the property. So, it appears to me that I wouldn't be required to give her any notice since there are zero days between rent payments. She was offered by our mutual friend who is buying my place to live free at her house for 60 days while she remodels my home. But this interloped said no to that offer and that she just wanted to stay at my place, even though she lived with our friend until she came to cat-sit for me.
What are my obligations? What are the buyer's obligations to carry on my obligation if escrow closes before her notice period ends? The buyer would be fine with the cat-sitter staying there for a 30-day period but wants a security deposit and rent starting the day escrow closes. This cat sitter does own her own home in a different country but prefers to live here...obviously if it's free!