I prevailed in an unlawful detainer and was awarded the back rent ($17,500) plus costs. I don't know if former the tenant (FT) is working. She might have money other than wages, but I am not sure if California landlords have access to these sources.
The FT said that in 2013, she was a co-plaintiff in a successful class action lawsuit, over unpaid wages, against a former employer. The law firm that represented the class says on their web site that the final approval hearing is 4 months away. Depending on how many days she worked for the employer, if any, she'll be due somewhere between $20 and $41,000. If the employer has any money, she might even get some of that. Can landlords in California get any portion of a tenant's award in a class action suit for unpaid wages?
There might be some real estate in the mix. She claimed to co-own a duplex in a small California city. Is any portion of FTs' income from rentals available to a former landlord with judgement in hand? (in California...)
You can levy the tenant's bank account if the funds are placed in there, but no, you can't get access to the funds themselves.
If the property is in the tenant's name, you can put a lien on it.
You should able to put a judgment lien on her compensation from the settlement to make sure it is paid to you. You should speak with a debt collection attorney about the proper procedure.
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