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California Mobile Home Owners and Residents

Sierra Corporate Management CANNOT threaten to report you to the Immigration Authorities or other law enforcement, nor make any other threat to intimidate and/or evict you. Civil Code §1940.2 (a) prohibits that, and makes Sierra Corporate Management liable for $2,000 for each such attempt, in addition to your actual losses. (Penal Code 518).

Similarly, victims who would not file suit for fear of retaliation or deportation may have access to redress through the relative safety of the class action mechanism. For example, two Amici organizations are currently pursuing a class action on behalf of the mostly Latino residents of a mobile home park ( Bayshore Villa MFTG Housing Community), many of them immigrants, alleging illegal rent increases. (Cruz v. Sierra Corporate Management, Inc. (Super. Ct. San Mateo County, No. CIV528792).) Many of these mobile home park residents would be reluctant to seek legal relief on their own because they fear the park owner will respond by evicting them or reporting them to immigration authorities. Indeed, the park owner has attempted intrusive discovery concerning the class representatives’ immigration status.
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 – Amici Curiae Impact Fund Brief

Western Center on Law & Poverty - Amaranda's Story

A San Mateo Superior Court judge issued a preliminary injunction in Cruz v. Sierra Corporate Management.
Western Center on Law & Poverty

  1. It is unlawful for a landlord to do any of the following for the purpose of influencing a tenant to vacate a dwelling:
    1. Engage in conduct that violates subdivision (a) of Section 484 of the Penal Code.
    2. Engage in conduct that violates Section 518 of the Penal Code.
    3. Use, or threaten to use, force, willful threats, or menacing conduct constituting a course of conduct that interferes with the tenant's quiet enjoyment of the premises in violation of Section 1927 that would create an apprehension of harm in a reasonable person. Nothing in this paragraph requires a tenant to be actually or constructively evicted in order to obtain relief.
    4. Commit a significant and intentional violation of Section 1954.
  2. A tenant who prevails in a civil action, including an action in small claims court, to enforce his or her rights under this section is entitled to a civil penalty in an amount not to exceed two thousand dollars ($2,000) for each violation.
  3. An oral or written warning notice, given in good faith, regarding conduct by a tenant, occupant, or guest that violates, may violate, or violated the applicable rental agreement, rules, regulations, lease, or laws, is not a violation of this section. An oral or written explanation of the rental agreement, rules, regulations, lease, or laws given in the normal course of business is not a violation of this section.
  4. Nothing in this section shall enlarge or diminish a landlord's right to terminate a tenancy pursuant to existing state or local law; nor shall this section enlarge or diminish any ability of local government to regulate or enforce a prohibition against a landlord's harassment of a tenant.
    Civil Code Section 1940-1954.1
  1. Extortion is the obtaining of property from another, with his consent, or the obtaining of an official act of a public officer, induced by a wrongful use of force or fear, or under color of official right.
  2. Fear, such as will constitute extortion, may be induced by a threat of any of the following:
    1. To do an unlawful injury to the person or property of the individual threatened or of a third person.
    2. To accuse the individual threatened, or a relative of his or her, or a member of his or her family, of a crime.
    3. To expose, or to impute to him, her, or them a deformity, disgrace, or crime.
    4. To expose a secret affecting him, her, or them.
    5. To report his, her, or their immigration status or suspected immigration status.
  3. Every person who extorts any money or other property from another, under circumstances not amounting to robbery or carjacking, by means of force, or any threat, such as is mentioned in Section 519, shall be punished by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170 for two, three or four years.
    Penal Code Section 518-527
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Information regarding threats of eviction and your immigration status from the California Tenant Law website...

Landlords try to scare you into moving, and not fighting it, because they know how much hassle you can give them, and how expensive it can be to get you out. Here are the common myths:

The landlord CANNOT threaten to report you to immigration authorities or other law enforcement, nor make any other threat to get you out. Civil Code 1940.2 prohibits that, and makes the landlord liable for $2000 for each such attempt, in addition to your actual losses. The police will back you on this one, as well. [Penal Code 518]
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