I have a documented stalker who has been harassing me for several years. The local Police know about it and are building a case for the D.A. to file criminal charges. Recently the stalker found my new home address by confirming my residence with my landlord, who told me they spoke with the stalker on the phone. This is the third time the stalker has found me and spread horrible lies about me to the people in my life, thus ruining the relationship I once had with neighbors and my landlord. My landlord sent me a text saying we should chat but when I responded they wouldn't tell me what was going on. The next day, I called them and they went off about how horrible of a person I am and how a person(s) have been going around my neighborhood asking people where I am and telling them slanderous lies.
I would check with a local attorney familiar with California tort law, and ask him/her whether these facts give rise to a claim for breach of fiduciary duty, or public disclosure of private facts (these are typically common law claims, so your attorney would need to confirm whether these claims are recognized by California's appellate courts). These are the two obvious possibilities I can think of, but there might be others--such as, possibly, a statutory claim under your state's landlord-tenant statute that applies to improper disclosures of tenant information. These are my ideas from a non-California attorney's perspective, so please confirm with one licensed in your state. Best wishes.
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