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Defending rental owners’ Fourth Amendment rights

Trautwein v. City of Highland and Dale Everman, in his official capacity as Building Division Supervisor


Contact: Wencong Fa

Status: Complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on July 8, 2016.

Summary:
The City of Highland, California, imposes exterior and interior inspections on residential rental units, and is trying to force property owner Karl Trautwein to submit to an inspection without the city obtaining a warrant.  Representing Mr. Trautwein in challenging the city’s actions, PLF argues that cities cannot force an owner of private rental property to allow a warrantless administrative search; nor can cities threaten administrative action and fines against a property owner who exercises his constitutional right to deny a warrantless inspection of his rental property.

 

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