What are my rights and responsibilities as a tenant

Renting a home where you can feel comfortable and safe should not be complicated. And being able to live in it with peace and quiet is something that every tenant wants.

In California, some laws regulate the rights of tenants and landlords, allowing both parties to benefit and for the relationship between them to run smoothly.

What are my rights and responsibilities as a tenant?

Knowing what your rights and responsibilities are as a tenant is of the utmost importance so that you can be informed about the conditions in which a property must be in order to inhabit it, what you can request from your tenant, and not accept conditions or agreements that may not be legal.


  • Right to safe and habitable housing
  • Right to request repairs from your landlord
  • Right to withhold rent when the landlord refuses to make the corresponding repairs. Or to perform them and deduct the cost from the rent.
  • Right to privacy
  • Be notified in writing and in advance if your landlord wishes to visit the property
  • Equal Housing Opportunity
  • Right to be informed regarding mold, pests, infestations, and housing conditions
  • Right to information on public services and utilities
  • Protection under California termination and eviction rules
  • Rental control
  • Receive advance notice when changes to the rental agreement are made
  • Protection against retaliation by the landlord, among others

In the same way that a tenant has rights, there are also responsibilities that they have to fulfill. Here are some of them.


  • Keep the property in good condition
  • Do not destroy property
  • Maintain good hygiene conditions to avoid pests and infestations
  • Keep noise to a reasonable level
  • Pay rent on time
  • Notify the tenant in advance in case they wish to empty the property
  • Informing the landlord when any maintenance issues come up

Contact Friedman & Chapman

Contact us today if you have questions about your rights and responsibilities as a tenant. We will answer all your questions and ensure your rights are protected.

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