My sister lives in a 5 bedroom house in Mission Viejo, CA with roommates. In the last few months one of their roommates has started started acting very strange. He complained of hearing voices, shaved his head and cut up some pillows to "find the cameras hidden inside." He eventually admitted to using amphetamine drugs and refuses to go to rehab. His parents came by to check on him and found kitchen knives in his room, weird drawings and crazy letters. Long story short, the police were called and he was taken on an involuntary psychiatric hold and tested positive for amphetamine drugs. He's going to be released on Friday and my sister is afraid his odd behavior and paranoia is going to escalate to violence toward one of them. Are they legally obligated to give him a 30 day notice to vacate or can they tell him that he isn't allowed to return to the home when he is released?
That's a frightening situation, and caution is warranted. However, California laws still apply. If you sister is the landlord, and the ill roommate is on a monthly tenancy, and has lived there less than a year, the agreement can be terminated for any reason or no reason.
If your sister is just a roommate, not landlord, she cannot do anything except make decisions about whether she wants to stay there or not.
I'd recommend everyone involved do some research on the facts, getting input from behavioral health professionals. Request full disclosure and cooperation from family of ill roommate. Make sure your landlord is in the loop, too.
Regardless of other considerations, always put personal safety first.
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