California landlord-tenant law is a complicated area of law. It involves not only state laws, but federal laws, county laws, and city ordinances as well. As such, it is important to have a qualified California attorney help you navigate through these complicated legal waters.
California landlord-tenant law involves–as the name suggests–both tenants and landlords. Each party has their own interests, and unfortunately sometimes these interests are at odds with each other.
As a tenant in California, it’s important to be aware of your rights and responsibilities under the law. And, as a landlord, it is equally important to be aware of your rights and responsibilities under the law. In this article, we’ll provide a brief overview of some of the most important tenant rights and protections in California.
Landlord-tenant law governs the relationship between landlords and tenants. It is designed to protect the rights of both parties and to ensure that the tenant has a safe and habitable place to live. The law covers a wide range of topics, including the leasing process, rent amount and payment, security deposits, repair and maintenance obligations, evictions, and more.
Tenants have the right to live in safe, habitable rental units. This includes the right to a unit that is free from dangerous conditions, such as mold, lead paint, and asbestos. If your rental unit is not safe or habitable, you can file a complaint with your local code enforcement agency. As a landlord, it is very imperative that you abide by all federal, state, and local laws concerning hazards.
Tenants also have the right to sue the landlord for retaliation if they are evicted or otherwise mistreated for exercising their legal rights. See California Civil Code Section 1942.5. Tenants have the right to withhold rent for failure to provide essential services, such as heat, water, or electricity. They also have a right to repair and deduct rent. See Civil Code Section 1942.
By understanding landlord-tenant law, both parties can help to avoid disputes and ensure that their rights are protected.
This is just a brief overview of some of the most important tenant rights in California. Contact our office today for more information or for a free consultation! Call or text us today at (916) 704-3009.