Can Tenants Make Repairs Themselves And Deduct It From The Cost Of Rent?

California Civil Code Section 1942 provides tenants with several options when landlords are given notice about needed repairs and do not make the repairs in a timely manner. Tenants may make the repairs themselves and deduct the cost from their rent, move out and cancel the lease, or withhold rent if the repairs would cost more than the rent. What is a reasonable time period will depend on the repair that is needed.

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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