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Understanding the basics of tenant rights in California

On Behalf of | May 11, 2021 | Landlord/Tenant Concerns |

For many residents in California, renting is the best option for them. Whether it is a temporary or long-term situation, renting an apartment or home can create an easier situation for an individual, especially when one cannot take on a mortgage or the upkeep of a home. While this creates fewer obligations for the renter, it does create certain obligations for the landlord. Therefore, if these obligations are not upheld, this could create issues, strain the landlord-tenant relationship and even violate the rights of the tenant.

California tenant rights

Tenant rights in the state of California are designed to protect the tenant, as they could be subjected to unfair rental agreements and mistreatment by landlords. While these laws cover a myriad of issues that could arise in the landlord-tenant relationship, it is important to note those that are most likely to be violated.

For example, the state of California prohibits landlords from discriminating against rental applicants. This means that they cannot deny them from renting the property based on a protected characteristic. This includes race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, sexual expression, disability and others. The state also limits how much a landlord can charge for a security deposit. Finally, the landlord is required to follow notice requirements with regards to ending tenancy, which includes the procedures with eviction.

Living conditions

When an individual rents a home or apartment, the living conditions must be habitable. This means that they must be suitable for living, is sanitary, safe and repairs are completed in a reasonable time frame. Furthermore, tenants have the rights to quiet enjoyment and habitability of the rental unit or property. In other words, a landlord is only allowed to enter the home or unit under certain circumstances.

If a tenant believes that his or her rights have been violated, it is possible to take action. This could result in an action that will resolve the current matter or could possible help a tenant to get out of a lease. Regardless of the outcome, it is important that a tenant fully understands their rights, what options are available and how best to protect his or her interests.