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Please clarify California Civil Code Section 1951.4 as it relates to the details.

Murrieta, CA |

Subtenant is striving to prohibit the landlord and tenant from engaging in collusion to end the master lease prematurely in order to squeeze out the sublessee. Subtenant & master tenant's rental agreement, authorized by the landlord, is simply month to month. Master lease between master tenant & the homeowner/landlord is for a remaining 5 additional years. Please clarify California Civil Code Section 1951?

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The very first sentence in that statute says "The remedy described in this section is available only if the lease provides for this remedy." You should discuss your lease in greater detail with an attorney.

This is not intended to be legal advice nor does it establish an attorney-client relationship.


The first reply is 100% correct. Leases are the controlling document to look to for the general rights and obligations for the parties to that contract. Therefore, it is impossible to answer your question without seeing the lease.

On a side note, the facts are rather confusing. A Master Tenant, with the facts given here, in a non-rent/eviction control jurisdiction, can terminate the sub-tenant with proper notice, etc. What would be the point to have an accord between the Master-Tenant and the Lessor to terminate the lease before its stated term.

Accordingly, this presented fact pattern is rather confusing and full of conclusive statements as opposed to actual facts. You will need an attorney to review the facts of the matter and the controlling documents, lease, sub-lease, etc. to go any further.

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