California Rental Laws

Written by on April 22, 2013

State Flag of CaliforniaThis article summarizes some key California rental laws applicable to residential rental units.

We’ve used the Official State Statutes and other online sources cited below to research this information and it should be a good starting point in learning about the law.

With that said, our summary is not intended to be exhaustive or a substitute for qualified legal advice. Laws and statutes are always subject to change, and may even vary from county to county or city to city.

You are responsible for performing your own research and complying with all laws applicable to your unique situation.

If you have legal questions or concerns, we recommend consulting with the appropriate government agencies and/or a qualified lawyer in your area. Your local or state bar association may have a referral service that can help you find a lawyer with experience in landlord-tenant law.

This research and information is current as of April 22, 2013

Official Rules and Regulations

Details:

Security Deposit:

  • Security Deposit Maximum: Two months’ rent for unfurnished dwellings; 3 months’ rent if furnished dwellings. (Civ. Code §§ 1950.5 and 1940.5g)
  • Security Deposit Interest: No state-wide statute, but 15 (or so) localities have rent control ordinances that require you to pay interest, including Los Angeles. (reference)
  • Separate Security Deposit Bank Account: No Statute
  • Pet Deposits and Additional Non-Refundable Fees: Not Allowed (Civ. Code §§ 1950.5m)
  • Deadline for Returning Security Deposit: 21 days (Civ. Code §§ 1950.5g)
  • Security Deposit can be Withheld: (handbook)
    • For unpaid rent;
    • For cleaning the rental unit when the tenant moves out, but only to make the unit as clean as it was when the tenant first moved in;
    • For repair of damages, other than normal wear and tear, caused by the tenant or the tenant’s guests; and
    • If the lease or rental agreement allows it, for the cost of restoring or replacing furniture, furnishings, or other items of personal property (including keys), other than because of normal wear and tear.
  • Require Written Description/Itemized List of Damages and Charges: Yes. Receipts and documentation not needed to accompany the itemized list of repairs if repairs and cleaning cost less than $126. (Civ. Code §§ 1950.5g 4A)
  • Record Keeping of Deposit Withholdings: No Statute
  • Failure to Comply: A bad faith claim or retention by a landlord may subject the landlord to statutory damages of up to twice the amount of the security, in addition to actual damages. (Civ. Code §§ 1950.5(l))

Lease, Rent & Fees:

  • Rent is Due: Unless there is a contract to the contrary, and the lease is for less than one year, rent is due at the end of the month. Most leases state that rent is due at the beginning of the month. (Civ. Code §§ 1947) and (Civ. Code §§ 1962)
  • Rent Increase Notice: 30 days if rent increase is less than 10 percent of the lowest amount of rent charged during the last 12 months. 60 days if rent increase is more than 10 percent of the lowest amount of rent charged during the last 12 months. (Civ. Code §§ 827(b)(2-3))
  • Late Fees: Allowed, but they must be “reasonable” and obey rent control laws, and are only enforceable if specified in the lease. (handbook)
  • Prepaid Rent: Landlord is allowed to collect one month’s pre-paid rent (first month’s rent) plus two or three months’ security deposit. (handbook)
  • Returned Check Fees: Equal to the actual bank fee. Or landlord can charge a flat “service” fee which is $25 for the first occurrence, and $35 for each occurrence thereafter. (handbook)
  • Tenant Allowed to Withhold Rent for Failure to Provide Essential Services (Water, Heat, etc.): Yes, because the property is under the “implied warranty of habitability.” (handbook)
  • Tenant Allowed to Repair and Deduct Rent: Yes, but not more than the cost of one month’s rent, and tenant cannot use this remedy more than twice in a 12-month period. (Civ. Code §§ 1942)
  • Landlord Allowed to Recover Court and Attorney’s Fees: Yes (Civ. Code §§ 789.3d)
  • Landlord Must Make a Reasonable Attempt to Mitigate Damages to Lessee, including an Attempt to Rerent: Yes (Civ. Code §§ 1951.2)

Notices and Entry:

  • Notice to Terminate Tenancy – Fixed End Date in LeaseNo notice is needed as the lease simply expires. I recommend giving 60 days notice anyway.
  • Notice to Terminate Any Periodic Lease of a Year or More – If ALL tenants have lived there longer than a year, the landlord is required to give 60 days notice. (handbook)
  • Notice to Terminate a Periodic Lease – Month-to-Month: Landlord is required to give 30 days notice. Tenant is required to give 30 days notice. (Civ. Code §§ 1946)
  • Notice to Terminate a Periodic Lease – Week-to-week: Landlord is required to give 30 days notice. Tenant is required to give seven days notice. (handbook)
  • Notice to Terminate Lease due to Sale of Property: 30 days notice if ALL of the following are true: (Civ. Code §§ 1946.1) (handbook)
    1. The landlord has contracted to sell the rental unit to another person who intends to occupy it for at least a year after the tenancy ends.
    2. The landlord must have opened escrow with a licensed escrow agent or real estate broker, and
    3. The landlord must have given 30-day notice no later than 120 days after opening escrow, and
    4. The landlord must not previously have given you a 30-day or 60-day notice, and
    5. The rental unit must be one that can be sold separately from any other dwelling unit. (For example, a house or a condominium can be sold separately from another dwelling unit.)
  • Notice of date/time of Move-Out Inspection: 48 hours (Civ. Code §§ 1950.5(f))
  • Eviction Notice for Nonpayment: Three days (Civ. Procedure Code §§ 1161(2))
  • Eviction Notice for Lease Violation: Three days to remedy lease violation or landlord can file eviction (Civ. Procedure Code §§ 1161(3)). Landlord can also terminate the lease for subletting without permission or illegal activity on the premise. (Civ. Procedure Code §§ 1161(4))
  • Required Notice before Entry: 24 hours (Civ. Code §§ 1954a)
  • Entry Allowed with Notice for Maintenance and Repairs (non-emergency): 24 hours (Civ. Code §§ 1954a)
  • Emergency Entry Allowed without Notice: Yes (Civ. Code §§ 1954b)
  • Entry Allowed During Tenant’s Extended Absence: No (Civ. Code §§ 1954)
  • Notice to Tenants for Pesticide Use: No Statute
  • Lockouts Allowed: No (Civ. Code §§ 789.3b(1))
  • Utility Shut-offs Allowed: No (Civ. Code §§ 789.3a)

Disclosures and Miscellaneous Notes:

  • Landlord Must Accept First Qualified Applicant – The 2012 Fair Housing Handbook of California says on page 24, “The landlord should take the time to check out the information and make a selection based on the first qualified applicant(s),” although there is no statute to support this. It’s recommended but not law.
  • Copy of Lease: Provide a copy of the rental agreement or lease to the tenant within 15 days of its execution by the tenant. (Civ. Code §§ 1962(4))
  • Utilities: Landlord must disclose if utilities that service tenant’s unit also service other areas (such as common foyers), and disclose the manner in which costs will be fairly divided up. (Civ. Code §§ 1940.9) Landlord must also provide a formula for dividing up utilities when utilities are split among multiple tenants.
  • San Francisco Utilities: Landlords must provide heat that can maintain a room temperature of 68 degrees. This level of heat must be provided for at least 13 hours, specifically from 5-11 AM and 3-10 PM.
  • Move-In Condition: Landlord is not required to provide a Move-In Condition Checklist for the Tenants to complete. However, it is recommended and extremely helpful should you ever go to court over physical damages to the dwelling.
  • Mold: Landlord must disclose, prior to lease signing, knowledge of any mold in the dwelling that exceeds safety limits or poses a health concern.  Landlord must distribute a State Department of Health Services consumer handbook. (Health & Safety Code §§ 26147)
  • Demolishment: If a landlord or agent has applied for a permit to demolish a rental unit, the landlord must provide written notice to prospective tenants before accepting any money. (Civ. Code §§ 1940.6)
  • Ordinances: Landlord must disclose the locations of former ordinances in the neighborhood. (Civ. Code §§ 1940.7)
  • Sexual Offenders: Landlords are required to include the following language in the lease:
     “Notice: Pursuant to Section 290.46 of the Penal Code, information about specified registered sex offenders is made available to the public via an Internet Web site maintained by the Department of Justice at www.meganslaw.ca.gov. Depending on an offender’s criminal history, this information will include either the address at which the offender resides or the community of residence and zip code in which he or she resides.” (Civ. Code §§ 2079.10a)
  • Pests Disclosures: At lease signing, Landlord must disclose any pests control contracts or disclosures received by pest control companies.  If the premise is being treated for pests, landlord must disclose the pesticides used and their active ingredients, and any warnings associated with them.  (Civ. Code §§ 1940.8, and Business and Professional Code §§ 8538)
  • Smoking: If the landlord limits or prohibits smoking, landlord must include a clause that specifies the areas on or in the premise where smoking is prohibited. (Civ. Code §§ 1947.5)
  • Proof of Domestic Violence Status: Landlord is entitled to proof/documentation of domestic violence status of the tenant if the tenant claims they are a victim. (Civ. Code §§ 1941.5, 1941.6, 1941.7)
  • Locks: Landlords must change the locks if requested by a domestic violence victim and proof of court order is given. (Civ. Code §§ 1941.5 and 1941.6)
  • Special Treatment: A victim may terminate a lease with 30 days notice and proof of victim status. (Civ. Code §§ 1941.7) A landlord cannot end or refuse to renew a tenancy based upon the fact that tenant or a member of tenant’s household is a victim of a documented act of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. (Civ. Procedure Code §§ 1161.3)
  • Abandoned Property: The rules are lengthy and specific, please read Civ. Code §§ 1965, 1980 to 1991.
  • Retaliation: Landlord must not terminate a lease, increase rent, decrease services, cause a lessee to quit involuntarily, or bring an action to recover possession to a tenant who has filed an official complaint to a Government Authority, been involved in a tenant’s organization, or exercised a legal right. Courts will assume “retaliation” by landlord if negative action is taken on the tenant within 180 days (six months) after any of the prior tenant actions. (Civ. Code §§ 1942.5) It will also be considered retaliation if the landlord acts negatively within six months after any of the following:
    • Using the repair and deduct remedy, or telling the landlord that the tenant will use the repair and deduct remedy.
    • Complaining about the condition of the rental unit to the landlord, or to an appropriate public agency after giving the landlord notice.
    • Filing a lawsuit or beginning arbitration based on the condition of the rental unit.
    • Causing an appropriate public agency to inspect the rental unit or to issue a citation to the landlord.

Court Related:

Business Licenses:

  • Business License required: No state-wide statute, but local cities and counties may have regulations and requirements. Check with your local governing authority.

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1,115 CommentsLeave a Comment

  • Brenda Muller

    I rent out my condo. I recently served my tenant a 3 day to pay past due rent or quit. Along with the 3 day or quit I sent a 30 day notice to vacate. I have been reading that if a renter has been renting for over a year that you have to give 60 days. Since my renter is months behind in rent I am wonder if the 30 day is acceptable or if I should revise the notice with a 60 day.

    Thank you

    • Mary Rimachi

      You cannot serve a tenant 2 notices at the same time as you have. If the tenant does not pay rent a 3 day is what you serve. If a tenant is a tenant for over 1 year you must give a 60 day notice. Why is your tenant behind 3 months? IF you live in Los Angeles of SFO your unit may be subject to ent control. In any case, if you give a 3 day you must make certain the amount you are demanding from the tenant does not exceed, not even by a penny, the amount owed, OR, just ask for possession only. MAKE CERTAIN YOU WRITE ON THE NEW NOTICE” THIS NOTICE SUPERSEDED ALL PREVIOUS NOTICES”.

  • jack shepard

    I was asked to run a small tire shop in exchange for percentage and i could live here this was back in sept. Last month he let another person move in under the same condictions we didnt get along with each other and he told me i had to leave today is that legal a one hour notice

    • Mary Rimachi

      LIVE WHERE? In the business? Does the tire shop have separate living quarters with toilet, kitchen and appliances (stove, refridgerator)? Is your agreement on writing? Is it an employment contract?

  • Dawn

    I have a lease with my girlfriend for an apartment. We are partners. She has decided she doesn’t want to be in a relationship with me. She wants me to leave but says my daughter can stay (there is no domestic violence or issue) can she just kick me out? I have been living with her, with this lease for almost 9 months.

    • Mary Rimachi

      NO

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Dawn,

      A lease contract would supersede any personal relationship. Landlords are not allowed to force tenants out – without going to court. If you wanted, you should be allowed to finish out your lease. But at the end of the day, why would you want to stay there?

      • Dawn

        Thank you Lucas. Its not matter of want as much as need. The lease is month to month. It does state a 30 day written notice. I am in an area where rentals are both expensive and (in desirable areas) a rare find. Having said that, I have not been given a 30 day written notice and if I understand you correctly, the notice would have to come from the landlord not my partner, correct? So, when the notice is given,….if I cannot find and secure an alternative place, is there an eviction process? Do you know how long that process takes? Would it be advantageous, worse case scenario, to retain an attorney or would I be throwing my money away just to be evicted anyway?

        • Lucas Hall

          Hi Dawn,

          Sorry, I misunderstood. Yes, any sort of termination would have to come from the landlord. One tenant is not allowed to terminate the lease for another tenant. That’s just crazy talk :)

          Further, I don’t see why you are even entertaining the idea of moving if you don’t want to move. You have a lease, and your partner (the other tenant) can’t terminate it even if she wanted to. You haven’t violated the lease or refused to make a rent payment. Even if she gets the landlord on her side, what reason would they have to terminate the agreement?

          The “eviction process” refers to a court process. Only the property owner, landlord, or property manager has the right to file an eviction suit in court. One tenant cannot evict another tenant because tenants do not have authority over the property, unless it’s a subleasing situation – and even then perhaps not.

          I hope that helps. Again, please know that I’m not a lawyer, and this is not legal advice. If you are looking for legal counsel, please talk to lawyer. It seems like you need to decide if you want to stay, and then pursue help if needed.

  • mariann

    My garage door has been given me problems . the door fell of the hinges. As I was pouting it up . my landlord said he seen my friend trying to get in I don’t feel safe with it open . but he tells me he needs to get a estament . .he’s majoring me pay for it before it’s fixed. I am a women ni don’t feel safe my for can easily b kicked in what should I do.

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Mariann,

      Your landlord is responsible for ensuring a secure premise. If the garage door is broken, it sometimes takes a few days for this type of repair to occur. In the mean time, the landlord should still secure the premise. Is there a entry door from the garage to the house? If so, could the landlord add a deadbolt there? The garage would be open, but at least you would be safe.

      • mariann

        Yes there is a entry door he said that he seen a fiend of mine trying to open it so he said I am responseable for the for . science them he had a guy come by to get a estamaite . the garage door repairman said the motor to the garage is no good . I pay my rent on time .he gave me a bad report to the owner he said they might give me a three day notice for damage to the property. I have a recording of witch the garage. Door man has been here already once to fixes the door because of the same issues. He said the doors are like 14 yrs old n that they should replace all the doors. But he also said the new motor that the manger said he put in .is no good. I believe the moter was defective .I have been haven problems with the door science I’ve moved in .

  • Arlene Rivers

    1. If my tenant does not vacate by the end of the month, as he has given me a 30-day notice, is it reasonable to charge him a daily rate until he removes his furniture, etc, out? 2. How much may i charge for each day that he goes beyond the end of his expected date of being out of the property.? 3. Also, may I charge a daily rate and deduct it from his security deposit, due to the fact that he did not move out all of his belongings by the end of the month.
    4. Also, what is a reasonable cleaning fee to deduct from the security deposit in California?
    5. What is reasonable wear & tear? If I need to repaint, and do wall patch up, what is a reasonable fee for painting a room?
    6. If the bathroom is shared, and only one tenant is moving out, how do I fairly charge for a cleaning fee if the bathroom is filthy? Thank you

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Arlene,

      I’m happy to provide my opinion, but please know that I’m not a lawyer, and this is not legal advice.

      1. Prorating a daily rent would be okay, but if you have a month-to-month lease, then you could also charge the tenant for the entire next month (since you’re not in the business of renting by the day).

      2. If you do charge by the day, I’d suggest prorating it fairly. Here’s and article to help you figure it out: http://www.landlordology.com/calculate-prorated-rent/

      3. I don’t see why not, assuming that the rent is legitimately charged. The tenant might argue any excess rent, even though they refused to move out (for right or wrong)

      4. The deposit can only be used for actual damages (financial or material). If the landlord was supposed to clean the unit (per the lease) and didn’t, then you could use the deposit to perform the tenant’s duties.

      5. General repainting is the landlord’s responsibility. Any excessive damage is the tenant’s fault, and therefore the deposit can be used to repair.

      6. That’s a tough one, and perhaps you should ask the tenants the same question. Put it on them: “How would you split this up so it’s fair?”

      I hope that helps. Like I said before, if you have your doubts, please talk to a lawyer.

  • Anntenette Munoz

    My landlord sold the property with out informing us. We got a call from a Realtor letting us know the property was sold. A week later we received a letter letting us know we needed to be out in 2 weeks. Is that legal? How much time do we legally have ?

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Anntenette,

      If you have a fixed-term lease, the lease doesn’t normally terminate automatically when a property is sold. A change in ownership usually has no affect on the lease – other than where rent is sent to.

      If you have month-to-month lease, then the normal 30 days notice to terminate is required. (Civ. Code §§ 1946)

      Here is a podcast that I did on the topic: http://www.landlordology.com/ask-lucas/006-lease-termination-at-sale-of-property/

      If the Realtor keeps pressuring you, please talk to a lawyer. You do have legal rights, but might need help from a lawyer to enforce them.

    • Mary Rimachi

      IF you are evicted for “no cause” in a rent control city the new owner must you relation costs. IN ANY CASE IF you have a year or more in the unit a 60 day notice is required and 30 days if less than 1 year. 2 weeks is unlawful.

  • Bill

    I have a little less than 4 months remaining on a lease I share with another roommate. He’s behind on rent and has stated he will not pay his full half for the remainder of the lease. He won’t sign a release nor will he allow me out of the lease. Outside of paying the portion of rent he does not, what can I do to avoid eviction?

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Bill

      There’s not much you can do. You signed a joint lease, so you both are responsible for the full amount. If the landlord doesn’t get the full amount when it is due, regardless of who didn’t pay their portion, then the landlord can terminate the lease. If you don’t leave then, the landlord can file an eviction case in court and sue both of you for the missing rent + damages.

      It’s best to pressure the roommate to honor the contract and pay rent in full.

      If he can’t, and you refuse to cover him, then you could talk to the landlord about releasing you both early. Perhaps if you find a replacement, who will sign a 12 month lease, then you two can get away with minimal damage.

      Anyway, if you are not going to make rent, talk to your landlord ASAP so you can come up with a solution. Good luck!

  • Nitin Jindal

    My tenant has not paid for 2 months now. The trial date for eviction hearing is set for next week.

    She send me a text that she is vacating on 28th Feb,

    Should I go and take over my property or wait for judge to give a decision and formally do the eviction?

    Although she has mentioned that she is vacating, if her things are left behind, what should I do with it.

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Nitin

      I suggest you continue with the court hearing. If you cancel it, and then she doesn’t move out, you have to start all over again. It’s always wise to get a judgement because it will help you with collections too. If she leaves behind any property, you have to handle it according to the laws on abandoned personal property (mentioned above).

  • Emily

    I have a unique question, we rent out one room in our San Dirho home and offered our guest room to a friend and his daughter in August 2014 when they were down on their luck. They keep extending their stay even though we told our guest we need our room back. He finally agreed to pay a $100/week in December. Unfortunately one payment bounced and the next week he stopped payment on the check he gave us.

    So now he’s a few months behind, but we never gave him a written lease.

    Can you tell me if we need to officially evict him or just ask him to leave? He’s taken advantage of us for months and even made unauthorized changed to our guest room.

    Thank you

  • Matthew adams

    I have a tenant who signed and payed up front for a 6 month lease. She is now breaking the lease 2 months into it. She is asking me if I am going to let the house sit empty or put a new renter in it. She is moving to Singapore and leaving the country. I believe from what I have read is that she has forfited the remaing 4 months she has already paid. She is also asking if I plan on getting a renter in before the last 4 months of her lease is up and if I am going to return any of the money she has paid. Do I need to refund the money if I get a renter inside the remaining 4 months she has paid even though she has given notice that she is leaving

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Matthew

      According to Civ. Code §§ 1951.2, a landlord must make a reasonable attempt to mitigate damages to a tenant who abandons a lease.

      The most common form of mitigation is to find a replacement tenant. Once they sign a lease, the landlord should release the previous tenant from the contract and refund any unused rent.

      If you don’t intend to refund the money, then you have to treat the property as if the previous tenant is still living there, because she has paid for it. You can’t double dip and rent it to someone else. Even so, if she took you to court, you wouldn’t be able to prove that to mitigated any damaged by letting it sit empty.

      Please know that I’m not a lawyer, nor is this legal advice. I’m just an experienced landlord, trying to help.

  • Paula Johnson

    Is it legal for my landlord to make me pay on the 1st…even if it falls on a Sunday for a holiday?

    • Paula Johnson

      I worded that so poorly. I’m sorry. My question is…Is it legal for my landlord to force me pay rent, on the first, if it falls on a Sunday or a Holiday? Sorry about that!

  • Michele

    I rented a bedroom in my apartment to a college student on a month-to-month basis, but with the understanding that she would be staying through the end of the spring quarter, ending in the third week of May. The monthly rental period has been from the 20th of one month to the 19th of the following month. I received verbal 30 days notice from her on the 25th of this month, because she is returning home ahead of schedule. She also came with a bird, which I agreed to.
    1. Is it allowable for her to give 30 days notice at any time during a rental month? If she leaves by or on the last day of the previous month’s rental period, but before the 30 days notice ends, can I prorate the rent to equal 30 days notice from her deposit?
    2. If I can’t show the room to potential renters until she leaves because of the odor the bird has, can I charge her for the time until the room is scent-habitable?
    3. After just a couple of months, what “wear and tear” is reasonable for me to assume?

  • Autumn

    We have a tenant whose rent is due by the 15th of the month and he always pays at the end of the month. Can we change his rent due date to the first of the month? The due date is not written in the lease and the tenant says my dad agreed to the 15th due date. My dad died 10 years ago and the tenant has been in the home for at least 15 years.

  • SoCAL

    I am leasing my house to a couple at lower than fair market value. The lease expires in 3 months and we need to raise the rent at least $500 which is 25% of the current rate. Is there a maximum percentage we can raise the rent in order for it to be fair market? At the moment, we are losing money every month on the house.

    Thank you

  • Terry A.

    Lucas,
    My former tenants had a throw rug over the hardwood floor in the living room. Unfortunately, their pet dog must’ve peed several times on the rug. When we did the walk through, the tenants told us that water had spilled on the rug and they noticed the hardwood floor was stained when they removed the rug. It was obvious these were not ordinary water stains as they were black stains in several places. I paid $1,000 for the repairs which included the installation of some hardwood panels. There is an adjacent smaller room where the hardwood floor continues. I had to have that room sanded, refinished and stained, too, for the purpose of matching the living room. If the hardwood floor on the two rooms didn’t run into each other, I would’ve only done the living room. Is it fair to deduct the $1,000 from the security deposit for the two rooms? They may say they only damaged the area in the living room. Thank you, again, Lucas.

  • Sythnia Moore

    I been in my unit for 8 years it was unfurnish aside for a refrigator which I had problems with on the second year and requested the owner check it numerous time since it would freeze my food and vegetables. I could not afford another refrigator so last year the refrigator started getting warm and spoiled my food so I made a request for food spoilage and the owner’s evil new wife stated I could pay for the repairs of the refrigator or they’ll come and get it. Whose responsible for the repair or replacement of this item?

  • Zach

    Hello!

    My wife and I have a 6 month lease which we will be breaking 2 months early to purchase a home. The landlord would like to sell the property instead of re-leasing it. Does this count in mitigating damages? Must he attempt to specifically lease for that 2 month period, and then sell, or must we comply with him showing the property to sell it.

    -The area would quickly release, however selling it will take much longer.

  • Lallia Ramos

    I live in Los Angeles, rent control. I have been in my unit for 20 years.
    I was told I can get my security deposit back even though I am not
    moving. Is this true, and can you site the code for me. I have put
    upgrades in the unit that will remain if I ever move.

    Thanking you in advance.

  • Sam

    I had a tenant (in California) on a one-year lease (single family house) who needed out of the lease in month 5, our Property Manager found another tenant to assign the lease to. We were told that the new tenant will be under the same lease for the remainer of the time and at the same rental rate. The new tenant realized the remaining term was not for 12 months so the Property Manager agreed to a term of 12-months (same renatal rate) with new tenant. Shouldn’t have the Property Manager consulted with us to see if we agree? Didn’t he just create a new lease agreement without our approval? Thanks.

    • Mary Rimachi

      Are you asking if YOUR property manager or agent should have consulted with you the Owner? If so then YES.

      • Sam

        Ok. Now I guess we must figure out if that action was some sort of violation of CA BRE codes/standards. Thanks.

        • Mary Rimachi

          If you have a property agent he or she does not necessarily haVe to be licensed to by BRE. If you have a problem with the agent then dismiss him/hr and hold the agent accountable for your loss. yes THE NEW LEASE IS UNAUTHORIZED BY YOU THE OWNER. Are you saying the new tenant is getting 13 months for the price of 5?

  • dory care

    Hello ,

    MY landlord has gave us 6 month notice to move out since he plans on selling the property , there is a unit in the back which i believe is not register to be rented since we share the same address, now are lease has expired and he is not following with our parking agreement , he allowed the back neighbor to park more than one car.. are we allowed to deduct rent for share parking and storage? Our lease ended in November and it allowed us 4 parking space and full garage (not sharing) $50.00 fee for extra vehicles $50.00 for storage on items not belonging to renters …can we dedcut $50 from our rent since he is letting the neighbor park one extra car?

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