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Can A Landlord Raise The Rent Or Force A Tenant Out Because The Tenant Has Asked For Repairs Or Filed A Complaint Against The Landlord?

No. California Civil Code Section 1942.5 prohibits a landlord from taking retaliatory actions against a tenant who has exercised a legal right. This means if a tenant has asked for repairs, complained to a government agency or filed a lawsuit, the landlord may not raise the rent or attempt to influence the tenant to move or cancel the lease. The law infers that an action is retaliatory if it is done within 6 months of the tenant’s act.

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