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    MauriS69 is offline Junior Member
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    Am I obligated to report roommate's drugs??

    New roommate of 3 months ended up being a total pot-head who smokes weed and hashish day and night (not exagerating, he "needs" it to function normal, incredible tolerance). He hid his drug habit before moving in. I asked him to move out, and after a lot of trouble (on his part) he'll be moving out June 15th (30 day notice delivered).

    I know is a strecht, but what happens if he gets busted and the cops come in the apt? Can I get in trouble since I know about his drugs? I am obligated to report it? I have made sure he keeps his drugs and paraphernalia in his room with the door shut.

    I know is only 1 more month and I might just keep my mouth shut, I just want to know what could happen to ME. I don't care he does drugs, I just don't want them under my roof. And I'm sorry if I sound paranoid and sorry for the stupid question. Thanks.

    This is in California
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    You are not legally obligated to report it, BUT, if the cops bust him guess who can also be charged with possession? Or, for operating a place where drugs are used?

    YOU risk your own freedom. Is the next month worth that risk and a criminal record? (Oh, and possession can be charged as a felony ... and if he has enough for sales, you might not be eligible for diversion).

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    Why did you give a 30 day? Isn't the notice requirement for illegal activity shorter?
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    MauriS69 is offline Junior Member
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ozark_Sophist View Post
    Why did you give a 30 day? Isn't the notice requirement for illegal activity shorter?
    Is it?? I hope so .... I know I can evict him for illegal activities, but can I evict him immediately??? 3 days? 10 days? immediately??

    Any lawyer please let me know. This is in sunny California. Thanks
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    CdwJava is offline Senior Member
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    Only the landlord can "evict". Unless you own the property, you cannot begin the eviction process. Speak to the landlord.

    In the meantime, MOVE OUT if he will not!

    - Carl
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    And a croissant!"

    Seek justice,
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    MauriS69 is offline Junior Member
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    Quote Originally Posted by CdwJava View Post
    Only the landlord can "evict". Unless you own the property, you cannot begin the eviction process. Speak to the landlord.

    In the meantime, MOVE OUT if he will not!

    - Carl
    Thanks, Carl. I'm legally subletting with the owner's permission and according to my original lease. I thought that under those circumstances I'm considered the LL, right?? or wrong??

    If right and If I'm the one responsible (to act as LL), can I evict him in 3 days, 10 days, 30 days, or immediately??

    If wrong, then I'll talk to the owner.

    Please advice. Thanks for your help.
    Last edited by MauriS69; 05-24-2007 at 03:17 PM.
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    CdwJava is offline Senior Member
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    Evictions are long term processes, and outside my specific realm of detailed knowledge.

    Here is a link to help from the CA Department of Consumer Affairs:

    [url]http://www.dca.ca.gov/legal/landlordbook/evictions.htm[/url]

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    Ozark_Sophist is offline Senior Member
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    I thought you were subletting. That makes YOU the landlord. Someone familiar with the notification requirements for illegal drugs should provide a better answer. In the meantime, try the search engine above. I'm almost certain this topic has been addressed for your state fairly recently.

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