I am a landlord and ower of a guest house. The guest is an illegal dwelling. The tenant stopped paying rent after two years because she found out the place was illegal and it has sewage problems. I was told to pay a relocation fee of 10,550 dollars. I refused. She left for six days and I locked her out and put her belongings in storage. The police said it was an illegal lockout. She went to the police claimed 50 grand worth of items were stolen by me The police sent it to the detective and now the detective has sent it to the DA. What happens next. How serious is this whole situation.
How serious is it? You’re entirely in the wrong, could have solved things cheaply (10 grand was a great deal on these facts), then you broke the law, greatly expanding your liability.
1. Get an attorney. 2. Get out your checkbook. 3. Resolve not to be a landlord in future.
As the other attorney stated, this is very serious. I am assuming you were told to pay $10k by the courts? If that’s the case, you could be charged with contempt of a court order in addition to possible criminal charges. You may need a criminal defense attorney if the DA presses charges.
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