Illegal Garage Conversion
I have a house in Los Angeles with an illegal garage conversion. A ”friend” of mine began renting it from me 3 yrs ago. We signed a one-year lease agreement and it then went month to month. In 1/2008, via email, we extended the agreement until 12/31/2008.
In mid-December, when I finally got him to tell me what his plans were, he told me that unless I paid him big money, he wasn’t going to move out and that he was going to report me to the city. Not only would I have to pay him relocation fees, but I would also get fined and would have to pay to have the conversion brought up to code. A caveat: he is a licensed contractor who moved in knowing that it was not permitted – I have emails attesting to his knowledge.
Not sure where to go: On 1/1/09 should I serve him a 3-day eviction notice b/c the lease is over? Does our email exchange in January stating and acknowledging that the lease is over on 12/31/2008 constitute notification?
The tenant feels that he is due relocation fees under rent stabilization – the unit isn’t legal, is the rental agreement legal?
If I go the route of evicting him b/c the unit is not permitted will I have to pay him relocation fees? Does he have basis to sue me? How much notice do I give if any?