My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: CA
Here is the situation:
In my primary home, where I have been living since late 2009. While going through divorce, I started renting out rooms to other tenants to help pay spousal support. I rented a room to a tenant some time back in 2012. The tenant was in good condition until May 2017, following a stroke he became paralyzed and pretty much bedridden. I have not collected any rent from him since May 2017 up until now (August 2019) while he is still staying at my place. This translates to several tens of thousands of dollars already. I have never claimed him as a dependent either or taken any kind of tax deductions for him. Strictly out of good heart and good will I have helped the person recover to a point where he is now able to walk a little without crutches and move around but probably still ways away from joining workforce and we donít know for sure if he ever would be able to start working. Perhaps, the person will remain thankful and not make any legal claims but historically none of my good deeds have gone unpunished; so I want to be legally protected. Helping someone out at my will is different from being legally forced to do so. I donít want to be punished for having a decency to take care of someone in real need, someone literally struggled for weeks to stay alive in hospital at the time. My question is, does this situation pose any potential legal risk to me or my property, at this point? If yes, what are my options? Should I continue letting him stay at my place, if so is there any kind of legal statutory limit?
Thanks in advance for your response and guidance.