The Landlord Tenant Laws in California

The landlord and tenant laws in California are literally the same as they are in any other state. These laws, rules and regulations are put into practice because they uphold an order, a discipline, and a certain level of understanding between the landlord and the tenant. These rules have been made after careful consideration has been given to every aspect. Both parties have the same level of rights and responsibilities, which have to be fulfilled as per the state, in order to legally qualify as a landlord and/or a tenant.

The landlord has to abide by all the rules such as the rental space being habitable and clean and safe. The landlord himself must make sure all the health checks take place well before the rental space is even allowed to have tenants living in it. If, however, the tenants find out that there are elements that endanger their lives and the inspection reveals that this element had been present before their arrival, the landlord is responsible for the tenants and their endangerment. The landlord must make sure that the rental space meets all the criteria of each functioning department in their area—that is to say the health and house codes must give the rental space the green light, before the rental space has tenants living in it.

Similarly, the tenants are to make sure that they follow each of the rules and regulations as set by their landlord. Originally, the rental space is owned by the landlord and when the tenant rents it, he has to adhere to their rulings if they are to live peacefully reside under this specific roof. They should try to adhere to the rules, and if it comes to the point, where they violate the agreement, then all measures of communication must be put into effect so as to resolve the issue. The tenants must keep the rental space clean and as they had found it. Any changes that the tenant may want to make must first be referred to the landlord and if he/she allows it, it can be done so.

Other than these rulings, the state of California is very specific with reference to some aspects. The landlord must take the security deposit which the tenant will give, and depending upon the rental space being furbished or not, the landlord can charge 2 times more for the deposit. With regards to eviction, unfortunately California allows the landlord to evict the tenant for no valid reason. In California, the tenants have the right to privacy and if the landlord or any his/her agents wish to come, a 24-hour notice must be provided to the tenant in question.
Posted on Jul 09, 2012


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