Landlord duties for habitable rental units

As a tenant in California, it is crucial that you are aware of and familiar with the landlord’s obligations to ensure a livable home. Therefore, we will share some key laws and information that define habitability standards. As previously mentioned, your landlord must provide you with a safe and habitable place; failure to comply with these basic rules has legal consequences for the landlord.

These are some of the things that you must ensure as a tenant:

  • Effective waterproofing.
  • Plumbing and gas installations comply with the law in force at the installation time.
  • Water supply that complies with applicable law and is capable of producing hot and cold water.
  • Well-maintained heating installations that comply with applicable law at the time of installation.
  • Electrical lighting in good condition and in compliance with applicable law at the installation time.
  • The building, grounds, and fixtures are kept clean and free of debris and animals at the time of rental.
  • Enough containers to dispose of garbage.
  • Floors and stairs in good condition.
  • Locks that comply with relevant laws.
  • Security devices or window locks for windows that can be opened.

It is important that the landlord takes the time to check that all this is in order before renting the property. If not, it must provide the necessary tools for these arrangements to be carried out. Legal action will not be taken against the landlord if the tenant breaks any of the following laws:

  • Keep the area of ​​the property that he or she occupies clean and in good condition.
  • Dispose of garbage from your unit constantly.
  • Properly use all electrical, gas, and plumbing fixtures.
  • Ensure that no one who enters the home with your permission causes damage to any part of the unit or its facilities.
  • Occupy the premises as it was designed to be used, with separate spaces for living, sleeping, cooking, etc.

Remember the laws that must be followed and respected. This is crucial for a good relationship with your landlord and neighbors and a passive and cordial coexistence.

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