I am the property manager representing the owner.
The tenants have run away without paying 6 months worth of rent, and I finally found where they work.
Can I list their address as their work address on the SC-100?
Also can I, as property manager, sue the tenants? Or must it be the landlord?
Yes, a property manager can sue for breach of lease (as well as for unlawful detainer) if the property manager has a contract with the property owner, and the property manager signed the lease, collected the rents, and maintained the property.
California Code of Civil Procedure section 369(a)(3) allows the property manager to sue because a person may sue if he/she made a contract "for the benefit of another."
Yes, you can use their work address on the Plaintiff's Claim form SC-100.
Frank W. Chen is licensed to practice law in the State of California only. The information presented here is general in nature and is not intended, nor should be construed, as legal advice. This posting does not create any attorney-client relationship with the author. For specific advice about your particular situation, consult your own attorney.
I agree with Mr. Chen's answer. I would just add that you may want to consider getting a prejudgment attachment when you commence the lawsuit. It will give you a great chance at an early settlement of the litigation without spending much money, and help you assess whether you will ultimately be able to collect once you obtain a judgment.
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