I just discovered my sublet, a garage apartment, is an illegal unit by California/Local county standards. My landlord has unlawfully entered my apartment without notice for no reason, and denies this claim. I do not have physical evidence to prove this, however my possessions were moved, and there's no possibility of anyone else having access. I was also notified by text of my power being shut down 20 minutes before it occurred - while it was down for an hour. The landlord regularly smokes, which I was told upfront they did not, and I am allergic to smoke. It is a very unpleasant living environment and I want to know what action I need to take in order to report misconduct and the illegal status of the sublet, and what compensation I am entitled to. Thank you.
You need to speak with a tenant's lawyer. By renting you an illegal unit without telling you that it was illegal, your landlord engaged in fraud. You may be able to get back some or all of the rent you paid.
This is not legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship. The information provided is a general statement of the law. Reviewing a case and giving legal advice to a client requires more information than can be exchanged in this format. If you need legal advice, contact an experienced tenants' attorney.
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