California Tenant's Rights (17th edition) by Janet Portman, David Wayne Brown

By Janet Portman, David Wayne Brown

Thousands have trusted California Tenants' Rights in view that 1971! Many tenants need to care for roommates who do not pull their weight, acquaintances who frequently interact in unlawful actions and landlords who do not know -- or will not stick to -- nationwide or country legislation and native hire ordinances. With California Tenants' Rights, you should have what you must comprehend and negotiate a rent, check up on a condo earlier than relocating in, struggle discrimination, get wanted maintenance and upkeep, take care of a nosy landlord, holiday a rent with minimal fall-out, get your safeguard deposit again, work out principles for lease raises and struggle an eviction. The seventeenth variation is totally up-to-date with the most recent legislation and legitimate felony types, and now covers the recent financial disaster principles and the way it impacts evictions. (20090101)

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Provision Restricting Water-Filled Furniture If the building where you rent was built after 1973, it is not legal for a landlord to ban water-filled furniture. A landlord may, however, require you to have $100,000 of liability insur­ance to cover poten­ tial ­damage and meet other requirements specified by law. ) For property built before 1973, a landlord may legally refuse to allow waterbeds. ) Provision Against Violating Laws, Causing Disturbances, and So On This type of provision—which allows a landlord to evict if you violate the law in the use of the premises or ­seriously damage the property—is legal, and many ­landlords insist on it.

At the very least, be sure to get the landlord to sign an acknowledgment of the ex­isting conditions, so she can’t blame you later for causing them. The best way to do this is by completing the Landlord-Tenant Checklist dis­cussed below. In the section below, we cover the landlord’s ­re­ sponsibilities for disclosing certain information and for the condition of the premises. In addi­tion, we show you exactly how to carefully check a place out to see if it meets legal stan­dards. Landlord Disclosures California landlords are legally obligated to make ­several disclosures to prospective tenants.

Every room you live in must have at least two outlets (or one outlet and one light fixture). Every bathroom must have at least one light fixture. Check the LIGHT AND VENTILATION Check for FIRE SAFETY All rooms you live in must have natural light through windows or skylights, which must have an area not less than one-tenth of the floor area of the room, with a minimum of ten square feet. Hallways and stairs in the building must be lighted at all times. The landlord must provide safe exits leading to a street or hallway.

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