Are There Any Repairs Or Basic Items That A Landlord Is Required To Provide To Keep A Residence "habitable"?

California Civil Code Section 1941 requires that landlords must keep their rental properties in a habitable condition. Section 1941.1 defines “habitable” as including adequate locks on outer doors, hot water, heat, proper electrical wiring, and other items that affect the health and safety of residents. Section 1942.1 voids any attempt by a landlord to have a tenant waive this requirement unless the tenant agrees to make the required repairs as part of their rent.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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