Landlord/Tenant Law in California

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It is important for landlords and tenants to know and understand what laws apply to them. These laws effect rental payments, holdover leases, eviction, and more.

  • ContentCalifornia Holdover Lease Rights

    Surrendering the leased property after the lease ends is the necessary step many must take in a real estate deal such as leasing or renting a building or unit. When this does not happen, it continues into a holdover, and the tenant becomes a holdover tenant that does not relinquish the property to the correct landlord or owner.

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  • ContentCalifornia Tenant Laws, Rights and Regulations

    The rights and laws within the state of California are important for both the tenant and landlord to know when certain situations call for an increase in rental payments or an eviction for the worst cases. Circumstances surrounding the regulations also provide each party with enough details to seek litigation due to the conflict between the tenant and landlord.

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  • ContentLandlord/Tenant Laws in California

    The laws regarding a lease or tenancy in California is similar to other states, but the specifics may depend on the situation between tenant and landlord as well as the circumstances of the agreement and place of residence. Familiarity with these laws and regulations can help residents understand what is necessary and how to proceed with the contractual agreement.

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  • ContentRights of California Renters when the Property Is Sold

    In some situations, California landlords decide to rent out their properties until they are able to find a buyer. When a unit is sold that is occupied by a renter in California, the renter still has many tenant rights that must be honored and respected. Simply selling the property does not usually justify an immediate eviction of a tenant.

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  • ContentTenant Rights in California - Important Things to Know

    For the tenant living in California, it is important to know what rights are available in housing, living in units under a landlord and how far these rights extend. In certain situations, the landlord has a greater hold over what happens while the tenant may have little power to stop an eviction or a loss of security deposit.

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  • ContentUninhabitable Conditions in California - The Right of a Tenant To Move Out And Break Their Lease

    n certain circumstances, California Civil Code Section 1942 allows a tenant or lessee to move out of a rented property without prior notice when the property is uninhabitable. A rented property must be fit for humans to live in. When it is so unhealthy as to be a danger to the renter, the renter has the right to leave the premises even when there is a lease.

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  • ContentHousing Discrimination Due to Sexual Orientation in California

    In the state of California, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing along with state and federal acts protect individuals seeking housing throughout the state no matter what classification of sexual orientation.

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  • ContentEvicting a Commercial Tenant in California

    Commercial tenants do not have the same legal protections as residential tenants. Eviction might be worth looking into if you are a landlord and have a commercial tenant who is behind on their rent or has breached the terms of their lease agreement. However, attempting to evict a tenant can be a long and expensive process depending on the circumstances.

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  • ContentTo Lease or License California Real Estate, That Is the Question

    The first question is, what is a “lease”? This isn’t as simple an answer as one may think. One of our favorite definitions of a lease is this one: a lease is an agreement that creates the relationship of landlord and tenant. However, that definition doesn’t provide very much insight.

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