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Real Estate - September 26, 2008


Who can legally evict a sub-tenant?

by Martin Eichner

Q For the past three years, I have rented a house to "Bob" who has always been a good tenant for me. However, six months ago, I found out that Bob had sublet a room in the house to a friend, "Joe." Now Bob is complaining to me that Joe has stopped paying rent and has begun to behave badly. Bob wants Joe out of the house and has asked me to take action against Joe. Do I have any obligation to deal with Joe since I never rented to him?

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Martin Eichner edits RentWatch for Project Sentinel, an organization founded in 1974 that provides landlord tenant dispute resolution and fair housing services in Northern California and administers rental-housing mediation programs in Palo Alto, Los Altos and Mountain View. Call 650-856-4062 for dispute resolution or 650-321-6291 for fair housing or e-mail