Even though laws exist to foster cooperation between Bay Area landlords and tenants, there are times when individuals may clash so bad that it can create a toxic environment where a tenant feels threatened by their landlord. If this happens to you, you probably feel scared, confused, and unsure what to do next.
An initial step is to identify the type of threats since it will affect how you deal with it.
Physically threatening behavior: If your landlord is acting out physically, such as using their body to block your entry or exit, getting in your face or intruding in your personal space, or putting hands on you then, it may be considered as something more associated with an assault.
Verbally threatening behavior: Your landlord can use "harsh" words to intimidate you or make threats in person, over the phone, or through writing, including text messages, emails, social media posts, or written letters.
Under state and local law, it's considered harassment for a landlord to get a tenant to leave by using "force, willful threats, or menacing conduct" or by "threatening to disclose the citizenship status of the tenant or the tenant's guests."
If you're faced with a current physical threat, you have to act quickly to find an escape. This may even involve calling the authorities. Additionally, when your landlord lives with you or if there are shared spaces, and you're concerned with your immediate safety, you might try temporarily staying with family or friends. If don’t have anywhere to go, try reaching out to a domestic violence agency to help you into an emergency shelter.
The first priority is to get to safety and then you can concentrate on what to do next.
Your landlord is engaging in illegal behavior when they threaten or harass you. You have the right to be safe and to act against your landlord. A Wolford Wayne attorney has the experience and compassion to be on your side when it comes to tenants' rights issues. Get started with learning about what you can do. Contact us today.
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