Hi. I'm renting a room in Irvine and my landlord seems to think she can enter my room at anytime she pleases and moves my stuff. Is this legal? Can I record her and sue her for a violation of my privacy? She claims because its her house therefore she has the legal right to enter at anytime. It almost 2am and she just woke me up. Please offer some advice. Can I sue her or break lease? Thanks.
Normally, a landlord can only enter on proper notice, and only for certain limited reasons - see Civil Code Section 1954.
If the landlord is violating your rights, you can sue (including for a restraining order under Code of Civil procedure Section 527.6), and should have the right to terminate your lease on grounds of violation of your quiet enjoyment rights (see Civil Code Section 1927) and constructive eviction.
You may wish to consult a local landlord-tenant attorney for assistance.
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