Landlords are not tenants’ legal guardians |

Landlords are not tenants’ legal guardians

While I believe that it could be productive to include property owners in the conversation about unruly tenants, the proposal by members of the Grass Valley City Council to hold landlords fiscally and legally responsible for their tenant’s actions must be unconstitutional.

Landlords are not legal guardians of their tenants. They can’t legally evict a tenant prior to the end of the lease term unless the tenant fails to pay rent or otherwise breaks his/her lease agreement.

While most leases state that illegal activity is prohibited on the premises, I am sure that the tenant must be charged, tried and convicted of a crime, not merely accused.

Furthermore, it is unconstitutional to charge a property owner with fines, misdemeanors and/or jail time based upon the frequency of allegations made by neighbors against their tenants.

Perhaps a real estate attorney or tenant/landlord advocate could comment?

Robin Nichols

Nevada City

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