I have been renting a home for over 15 years now and the agency that manages the property came out of nowhere demanding that we have 3 months to move everything out of the house into a storage and get a hotel because they will be installing new flooring and painting walls... those demands seemed a bit off from the California tenant rights and we plan on asking them to do half the house at a time since we have a lot of stuff and it would take more than one storage .. can they legally demand that?
Unless your tenancy is subject to a local eviction control ordinance, you have very few rights.
Assuming you are month-to-month, the landlord has the right to simply terminate your tenancy - without cause - on proper written notice (at least 60 days, since you have been a tenant over a year). See Civil Code Sections 1946-1946.1.
If you can't negotiate a deal you find satisfactory, perhaps you should consider simply renting a new place, especially since that might reduce your moving/storage expenses.
Gosh, my first reaction is that you've got a landlord that cares about you and the property! After 15 years, you should be thinking constructive collaboration, not about "rights." Express your concerns and ask about the landlord's. Focus on mutual interests. You've got an inconvenience to be grateful for.
Maybe you could propose a long term lease extension, as part of the discussion. There are other things you might ask for, too. Negotiate.
You didn't mention if you have a lease, but if you don't have a lease, and you are on a month to month lease, they gave you more notice (90 days) than they need to evict you. Keep that in mind. You may have rights in your contract. I speculate that they won't want to do it half and half because it will increase the cost of the contractors who prefer to get things done in one shot rather than to be started and stopped and restarted a few weeks later.
There are a number of variables that could alter one's answer to this question. First and foremost, what city do you live in? 30 and 60-day notices are standard in non-rent controlled areas, since a landlord has the right to end your tenancy with such notice at most times. If your home is in a rent controlled area, you likely have more rights in such a situation. I agree that it sounds like a positive that your landlord wants to replace the flooring in your unit, but they need to give you time to prepare as 15 years of tenancy can result in the accumulation of a number of possessions. Contact your local city hall or rent stabilization board to find out your specific rights, then try and negotiate an amenable solution with your landlord. For more tips on such a situation, feel free to check out my blog on tenant evictions at: https://liptonlegal.com/unlawful-detainer-tips/
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