Lawless Landlord? Stressed @ Work? || (415) 226-7170 || (213) 267-3170

Tags ArchivesCalifornia

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 ...

Read More

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, ...

Read More

Can A Landlord Make a Tenant Pay for Repairs in California?

In California, every residential tenancy contains an implied warranty of habitability requiring landlords to maintain rental units in a habitable condition during the tenancy.  Green v. Superior Court (Sumski), 10 Cal. 3d 616, 629 (1974).  The warranty of habitability demands landlords keep rental units in, “a condition fit for such ...

Read More

Can Landlords Force California Tenants to Use Smart Locks?

With the ubiquity of smartphones and smartwatches, landlords are increasingly installing smart locks – electronic front door locks operated by applications installed on various smart devices – throughout the United States.  Smart lock software is in more than 125,000 units nationwide.  Further, the smart lock market value is forecasted to ...

Read More

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 ...

Read More

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., ...

Read More

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 ...

Read More

Can California Tenants Waive Their Right to Thirty or Sixty-Day Termination of Tenancy Notices?

Under California Civil Code section 1946, California tenants are entitled to written notice when the landlord seeks to terminate a tenancy.  California Civil Code §§ 1946, 1946.1.  Specifically, the landlord must provide thirty (30) days’ notice where the California tenant only resides in their rental unit for less than one ...

Read More

California Floating Home Rent Control

California Floating Home Rent Control protects floating home tenants in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Marin counties by limiting rent increases to the lower of either three percent (3%) plus the percentage change in the cost of living; or, five percent (5%).  Now, some floating home tenants are protected from extreme ...

Read More

California Tenants Protected From Hazardous Lead-Based Paint Work by New Laws Taking Effect in 2023 & 2024

Whenever California landlords perform lead-based paint remediation or hazard reduction work, existing California law requires persons engaging in lead construction work to have a certificate permitting them to engage in lead-based paint construction, repair, remodeling, painting, or renovation work, or any work disturbing lead-based paint.  Unlicensed lead construction work is ...

Read More

Astanehe Law Knows Your Rights

Contact Us Now

This is a unique website which will require a more modern browser to work!

Please upgrade today!