My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: California
I have a rather unique occupancy question, and after checking the FAQ and articles I couldnt find the answer I'm looking for. Here it goes:
My girlfriend and I moved into am apartment complex in downtown LA, however, since her credit score is better than mine I employed her to fill out the application with just her name on the lease. She was approved, but used the statements from my business to do so. I make all of the money in the household while she is disabled but does not collect benefits just yet. Long story short, she had a psychotic episode and locked me out of the apartment. Usually she bounces back from these things but it's been over a week now and she refuses to let me back into the apartment, even just to collect my belongings. To complicate things more, I told her I would just get a police escourt to help me get my possessions and she threatened to tell the police that I was abusing her if I did. Now, I have never laid so much as a finger on her in anger, but I know she got this idea because I told her about an occasion when I had a vindictive girlfriend phone in a fake domestic abuse 911 call after we broke up where, despite a clear lack of any evidence, I was arrested and released after 2 days in jail (charges were later dropped due to lack of evidence).
I dont want to get the police involved - I just want my stuff. But I want to prepare myself for all possible outcomes in the situation. What are my rights in terms of collecting my belongings at an apartment where I am not on the lease (despite paying rent every month) and how could I protect myself if I must involve the police? Obviously I am making this post because I've exhausted all other options viable to me. Any advice is much appreciated.