New 2017 Tenant Laws

February 8, 2017

2017 ushered in a host of state and local laws that affect your legals rights as a tenant: New State Tenant Laws The California legislature enacted several laws protecting tenants, including creating new laws related to bed bugs, regulating condominium pesticide treatment notices and procedures, and augmenting rules pertaining to public accessibility of court records in [...] Read More

Failure to Repair

December 5, 2010

How to Get Your Landlord to Make Repairs If a landlord is not responding to multiple written repair requests, the tenant must force the landlord to make repairs. Do not be fearful. The law actually protects a tenant that asserts rights against a landlord. In fact, Cal. Civil Code § 1942.5 creates extra protection for [...] Read More

Mold

September 5, 2010

Mold is Serious Mold is a microscopic fungus that grows in almost every damp setting. Improperly maintained dwellings can have toxic mold levels. Mold infestations will flourish in areas with excess moisture, such as leaks, showers with no ventilating fans, wet basements, and air ducts. Because it only takes a day or two for colonies [...] Read More

Asbestos

September 2, 2010

Asbestos and the Warranty of Habitability Out of the many repair issues that can affect a tenant, one of the most dangerous is asbestos. Asbestos is a common building material found in older dwellings. It is found in ceilings, paint, insulation and a large number of other common products. When asbestos is airborne or friable, [...] Read More

Fires, Floods & Disasters

Landlord Negligence and Right to Return – Fire, Flood or Disaster If a landlord’s wrongful or negligent act causes a fire, a tenant may recover medical bills, moving costs, rent for a replacement apartment, and loss of property.  See Civil Code § 1714.  A tenant has two years to file a claim for damage or [...] Read More