Habitability Law

In California, tenants have the right to a safe and livable residence. However, landlords and property managers must meet specific requirements to ensure that their properties are habitable. These requirements fall under California’s implied warranty of habitability.

Tenants subjected to substandard or uninhabitable conditions may have legal options to hold their landlord accountable or terminate a lease agreement without penalty.

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California Habitability Laws

Civil Code §1941.1 details what constitutes habitability in California. Civil Code §1941.1 and Health and Safety code §17920.3 have specific guidelines for what constitutes habitability. These guidelines include things like:

  • A roof that protects from the elements
  • Access to hot water
  • A heater that works properly
  • Sturdy floor and walls
  • Adequate electrical and plumbing systems
  • Absence of toxins like mold, lead, or asbestos
  • Absence of rodents, rats, mice, cockroaches, or bed bugs

When a California landlord or property manager fails to meet these requirements or make repairs when necessary to uphold them, they breach the implied warranty of habitability.

Legal Remedies for Habitability Claims

When a landlord breaches the implied warranty of habitability, the tenant may have the right to take action, such as:

  • Make repairs and deduct the cost from the rent
  • Vacate the premises and be free from any lease agreement
  • File a lawsuit against the landlord if the tenant suffers harm or injury

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Contact the Law Office of Friedman & Chapman to learn more about your legal rights and the potential to take these or other actions. You deserve to protect your family and live in a safe and healthy environment. We can help make sure that happen.