When Is A Rental Unit In California Uninhabitable?
California law requires that landlords deliver habitable rental units to each tenant and repair any problems that make a unit unfit to live in during the lease. Rental units must also substantially comply with any standards of building and housing codes that might materially affect the health or safety of a tenant.
What makes a rental unit unfit to live in? Here are some conditions which could make a rental unit unlivable and require landlord repair.
Lack of effective waterproofing, plumbing, gas or heating facilities
Lack of electric systems, including lighting and wiring
Rental units must also have the following, among other things:
Working toilet, sink and bathtub or shower
Kitchen sink not made of absorbent material
Fire or emergency exits
Smoke detectors in multi-unit buildings
For more information about habitability conditions and requirements for rental units see the section titled “Dealing With Problems" in the California Tenants Book published by the State’s Department of Consumer Affairs.
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