Good Questions: Housemate Eviction?

Anthony writes: I live in Davis, CA and unfortunately rent under a company that's been notorious for abusing renters in the past. I recently tried to add-on a friend to my lease, but they wanted to charge her a $75 fee just to add her name on the lease in addition to a $25 credit check. She questioned this fee and this eventually led to a heated argument...

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...between the company owner's son. Fed up at "babysitting" my potential housemate, he called out his mother, shredded the legal documents in front of her, and threatened to call the police on her if she didn't leave immediately.

The owner then added, "Oh, and you're also evicted. If you're living there, get out now or else."

I quickly had to adjust to the escalated situation, so I decided to drop off an apology letter the following day, outlining my appreciation for their consideration and great service thus far (sarcasm of course, but I needed it). I also kindly asked for them to accept my potential housemate, who was more than willing to cough up the $75 fee than get evicted, and since it was difficult finding new housemates during these economic times.

I'm still crossing my fingers, but say they did go through with the eviction. Since she's technically not on the lease and has already had some stuff moved in, should I risk keeping her here? She's frantically looking for a new place to live as we speak, but is the way she was treated in the offices even justified?

Please help! This is probably the worst housing situation I've ever been in!

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