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A problem neighbor throwing nails on my property visually identified by my tenant.

Hawthorne, CA |

I have a tenant that has witnessed a problem neighbor throwing nails (probably to try and flatten my tires) over the adjoining wall on to my property's driveway. I personally have seen this neighbor throw cigarette butts on to my side of the property. This problem neighbor has been reported to their landlord for several other major nuisance behaviors. When I tell the neighbors landlord of the nail incident:

1) is the landlord legally obligated to evict this tenant?
2) can this incident be used as a reason to file an eviction notice?
3) If not, what recourse do I have in this situation? Will the police intervene? Should I file a police report?
4) Also, does the landlord have to give the tenant 60-days advance notice to move before serving an eviction notice in this scenario?

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Attorney answers 3


1) No but he may. The Problem Tenant's (PT) actions are probably breaching a term of the lease. If so it is grounds for eviction.
2) Possibly. Depends on the lease.
3) You can file a police report for trespass and littering. You could also file a suit against the PT for any damages you sustain, like punctured tires.
4) Depends on the type of lease and length of time the PT has lived there. If it has been over a year 60 days is standard.

Good luck, I hope this has been helpful.

-Michael R. Juarez Law Office of Juarez and Schaeffer PO Box 16216 San Diego, CA 92105 (619) 804-4327 This posting is provided for “information purposes” only and should not be relied upon as "legal advice." Nothing transmitted from this posting constitutes the establishment of an attorney-client relationship. Applicability of the legal principles discussed here may differ substantially in individual situations or in different jurisdictions.


As an initial step, you may wish to consider trying a local landlord tenant or neighborhood mediation program to defuse the dispute with the neighbor. Below is a link with a list of community mediation programs.


To answer your questions:
1. The landlord is not obligated to evict the tenant;
2. Depending on the lease, this may be grounds for the landlord to evict the tenant, but you would have not right or standing to try and evict the tenant;
3. You could file a police report, but they may not do anything about it. You could file a lawsuit against the tenant or seek a restraining order;
4. What type of notice that would be required depends on the lease and the type of tenancy.

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