The landlord's action might constitute retaliatory eviction. However, there aren't sufficient facts in your post, including the timing of when you reported the code violations, to ascertain whether or not this is so. For general information on retaliatory eviction, see:
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Taking action to evict a tenant within 180 days of the tenant engaging in protected conduct (such as making habitability complaints) may be considered retaliatory under Cal Civ Code § 1942.5. (a) and, if deemed retaliatory, is a complete defense to an Unlawful Detainer action.
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My colleagues are correct that, based on your presentation, this might be a retaliatory eviction. However, you should consult with a local landlord tenant attorney for a more thorough review of your particular facts and circumstances. Good luck.
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Retaliatory eviction might be in play here. Call a landlord tenant attorney for a free consult.
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