As a tenant, there are certain rights you should be aware of to protect yourself. California renters rights give you protection against landlords who wish to abuse the system. Unfortunately, many tenants do not take the time to understand their rights and get taken advantage of. The following explores some of the most important and most relevant rights tenants have in California. This is only a small listing of information that can be found at our site to protect yourself.
Renters rights in Los Angeles are largely the same as in other California cities, so this information is relevant regardless of where you live. First of all, a landlord can never discriminate against a tenant. A landlord cannot refuse a room to or harass a tenant based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, immigration status, religion, national origin, disability, or if they are pregnant or have children. Landlords must also allow all service animals, regardless of pet policies within the building. Your landlord also cannot try to retaliate against you if you take action against his unlawful actions. For example, if you file a claim with an agency about your landlord, he cannot legally raise your rent, evict you, or stop providing services because of it.
In our tough economic times, planning for the future can help you be better prepared financially. Unfortunately, a landlord may get into a tight spot and try to raise your rent. As a tenant, you should know this is illegal. Generally, the tenant must be given a notification with a minimum 30 days advance written notice before a rent increase. It is important to look into this, though, as renters rights in San Diego and other areas may require 60 days notice. This protects you from getting into a situation where you would be without housing or funds due to short notice of an increase.
As a tenant, your privacy is important. Renters rights in San Francisco and the rights laid out for other cities allow a landlord to enter only under specific circumstances. Tenants can also check lease agreements and their area laws to check for additional guidelines. In general, your landlord has the right to enter your unit if there is an emergency, after the tenant has vacated the unit to maintain or service it, to perform an inspection or show the unit to buyers at the end of a tenancy, with a court ordered permit to enter, and to perform checks on certain furniture and equipment (such aswaterbeds) to ensure related legal guidelines are being met.
Renters rights in Sacramento and other areas require units to maintain certain minimum conditions to be considered habitable. This tends to be a lengthy list, but units must be weatherproof and waterproof, doors and windows must be unbroken, plumbing must work and be hooked into a working sewage system, any gas systems must be in working order, building must be sanitary and free of debris, harmful waste, and vermin, and electrical systems must be in a safe condition. Tenants can check their local legal codes for a more comprehensive list. Additionally, the landlord holds the responsibility of keeping the unit in habitable condition and can only charge tenants when the damage was caused by them. Explore our site to learn your rights and actions you can take. It's important to protect yourself, and we've got you covered.
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