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Can The Landlord Turn Off The Water in California?

Water is an essential resource that sustains life. So, it goes without saying that California tenants are entitled to water in their rental units. But, can landlords turn off the water in California? What about the hot water heater? And, how must landlords respond to complaints regarding water service in ...

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What May California Tenants Do When the Landlord Disconnects Utilities Like Electricity, Cable, Phone, or Internet?

California tenants facing retaliation and landlord harassment often experience service interruptions to their essential utilities and other services, such as cable, internet, and electricity.  Where the landlord or their property manager indirectly or directly disconnects the wires, California tenants have actionable claims for breach of the covenant of quiet enjoyment, ...

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Are Landlords Responsible for Crime in California?

Crime is intermeshed within the lives of California tenants residing in large cities.  Although no one wants to fall victim to a crime, it happens.  Questions for California tenants often arise regarding landlord obligations regarding crime and security.  When must a landlord take steps to prevent crime or take specific ...

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Can My Landlord Enter My Yard Without Permission?

California tenants are protected from unauthorized landlord entry.  However, California tenants must provide their landlords with reasonable and lawful access to the rental unit.  Although the law clearly covers the rental unit, must their landlords provide advanced, written notice of entry for California tenants with yards?  Or can the landlord ...

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California Tenant Water Service Bill Rights

As water plays a vital role in daily life and sustenance, understanding California law regarding water service bills is essential for California tenants to prevent excessive water usage, high water bills, and waste.  Please continue reading for clarity regarding California tenant rights regarding their water service bills, including late fees, ...

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Can California Tenants Change Their Rental Unit Locks?

California tenants may wish to unilaterally change their rental unit locks for various reasons, including after losing their keys, suffering stalking, or when their landlord abuses the right of access.  Depending on the specific circumstances, the consequences of changing the locks could range from nothing to an eviction that ultimately ...

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Can My Landlord Change the Locks on My Unit?

Can My Landlord Change the Locks on My Unit? Landlords can never change the locks to a California tenant’s rental unit during their lawful tenancy. California Civil Code § 789.3. The law is clear: California tenants are protected from “self-help” remedies, including illegal lockouts.  Spinks v. Equity Residential Briarwood Apts., ...

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California Tenants Do Not Have to Provide More Than 30 Days Notice to Vacate

Unless the parties agree to shorter notice, California tenants with month-to-month tenancies must provide, by default, thirty (30) days’ written notice when serving a notice to vacate on the landlord.  California Civil Code § 1946.  California Civil Code section 1953 also operates to protect California tenants here by invalidating any ...

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