I rent out my 4 bed room house just a month ago. I found out some one is living in the garage. I saw the bed, stove, etc. It is in a city, Stockton, Central Valley, California. In my rental agreement, nothing is mentioned related to garage space but mentioned mostly for the proper use and maintenance of the property. I feel like it is illegal to live and cook in the garage. What will be the best way to solve this issue. Thank you.
You should act to protect yourself. Give the tenant and all occupants a three day notice to comply or quit. They need to move out of the garage.
The use of the garage as living space probably violates multiple provisions of your lease, including restrictions on nuisances and subleasing.
Immediately seek help from a local landlord-tenant attorney, who can draft and serve an appropriate notice to the tenants (see e.g. Code of Civil Procedure Sections 1161 and 1162).
Do not accept/cash rent until you consult the landlord-tenant attorney, because doing so (after learning of the violations) often waives your right to evict for those violations.
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