Landlords need tenants in order to succeed and make money. However, many landlords rent out substandard property units and neglect the living conditions of their tenants. If you are suffering from poor living conditions due to a negligent landlord, then our California tenant lawyers will help you pursue legal action.
The attorneys at Castelblanco Law Group, APLC have compassion for individuals living in low-income apartment buildings. Since 1995, we have represented thousands of families in legal claims against landlords who have neglected their responsibilities.
Our tenant rights law firm has compiled a list of frequently asked questions, along with answers to each question. Contact us today if you are living in an apartment with rodent infestations, leaky ceilings or other poor conditions.
A rental unit is classified as uninhabitable if one or more of the following is substantially lacking:
Please review the full requirements for rental units under Section 1941.1 of the California Civil Code.
Your landlord is required to make a rental unit habitable before turning over the keys. Under the “implied warranty of habitability,” your landlord must fix any problems that severely affect your health and safety.
He or she must also repair conditions that fail to comply with the state or local building and health codes. If a landlord breaches the implied warranty of habitability, then you should consider legal action. A tenant rights attorney will help you file a claim against your landlord and aggressively pursue financial compensation.
If your landlord refuses to maintain the premises or rental unit, then you should immediately file a complaint in writing. The complaint should include a detailed description of the problem, along with any health or safety complications you are experiencing. If you live in a city with rent control, then you should register your complaint with the housing department.
Your landlord may choose to ignore your complaint or refuse to make any repairs. If this is the case, then the following options are available to you:
You should always consult with a California landlord tenant lawyer before taking legal action against your landlord.
If your rental unit is infested with rodents, insects or other pests, then your landlord is required to pay for an exterminator. For example, under Section 1945.604 of the California Civil Code, a landlord is required to conduct follow up treatment until all bed bugs are removed from the rental unit and surrounding premises.
Many people do not have a ton of options when it comes to finding a place to live. Often times, an individual is forced to sign a lease on a rental unit with severe problems. There are steps you should take after discovering problems with a prospective rental unit. They include:
If you have a lease for more than 30 days, then your landlord cannot raise your rent during the term of the lease. However, if you have a periodic rental agreement (month-to-month), then your landlord can increase your rent but must give you advance notice in writing.
In areas with rent control, your rent can only be raised a fixed percentage once every 12 months. Our tenant lawyers in Los Angeles can help you determine if your rental unit falls under the protections of rent control.
A landlord can only enter your apartment for specific reasons. These reasons include:
Your landlord is only authorized to enter your apartment during normal business hours. He or she is also required to notify you 24 hours before entry. These rules are designed to protect your privacy rights and establish proper boundaries between landlords and tenants.
A landlord is required to provide certain security measures for tenants in their building. These security measures include:
If your rental unit does not contain these security measures, then you should notify your landlord immediately.
Many apartment buildings in Los Angeles are governed by the Rent Stabilization Ordinance of Los Angeles (RSO). Any landlord whose rental units fall under the RSO must register with the Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department. If your rental unit is registered, then your apartment qualifies for rent control. However, your rental unit could be unregistered and still qualify for rent control. Our California tenant lawyers will help you determine if your apartment is covered under the RSO.
It is important to know that there are three major exemptions to the RSO. These exemptions include:
The majority of residential and apartment buildings in Los Angeles are governed by the RSO. Examples of legal reasons for eviction under the RSO include:
As a tenant, you deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. If this is not the case, then you should consider pursuing legal action. Contact the California tenant lawyers at Castelblanco Law Group, APLC today at (213) 893-8881 for an initial consultation. You can also contact us online and tell us about your housing situation. We promise to carefully review your information and look forward to meeting with you soon.