California law sets clear standards for the condition of rental units. Landlords have a legal obligation to provide housing that is free from structural hazards and pests that can make it unsafe or unhealthy. This means that he or she must regularly inspect the property and take steps to correct any dangers or unsanitary conditions that the inspection reveals. If the landlord or property owner fails to do so, then you may be able to file a lawsuit for unsanitary or unsafe rental conditions. These conditions may include pest infestations and rodents in addition to structural dangers. A knowledgeable attorney can help you hold the landlord accountable for poor rental conditions.
Castelblanco Law Group, APLC has been protecting the rights of tenants in California for more than two decades. Our tenant rights attorneys have obtained numerous million dollar settlements and verdicts on behalf of renters across the state. We are here to help residents of California who are in danger due to physical conditions of the building in which they live. You do not have to endure unsanitary or unsafe conditions with our attorneys on your side.
By law, your rental unit or apartment must be fit to live in. Landlords must ensure livable conditions before renting out a property. The property must also comply with state and local codes for health and safety. If you notify your landlord that there are issues with your rental and he or she fails to fix it within a reasonable amount of time, you may have a valid claim. Nevertheless, your legal options largely depend on the particular details of your situation.
Usually, tenants are responsible for damage caused by pets, family members or guests. By extension, you are legally responsible for flea infestations from pets as well as cockroach infestations caused by improper disposal and/or storage of food and garbage. However, the landlord or property owner may be liable for unsanitary conditions in common areas as well as chronic infestations.
Structural hazards or other health and safety issues may also make the property unfit to live in. As an example, if previous tenants left a rental unit infested with bedbugs, the property manager or landlord is responsible for these hazards upon discovery. According to Cal. Civ. Code § 1941.1: “all accumulations of debris, filth, rubbish, garbage, rodents, and vermin” are conditions of a rental property that make it uninhabitable. “Vermin” generally refers to, but is not limited to, insects such as fleas, bedbugs, flies and leeches, as well as animals such as mice and rats.
To succeed in a legal claim against your landlord, you must first give notice of the problem and an opportunity to correct it. A landlord has no way of knowing about the problem inside your apartment or rental unit without notice. Contact our renter’s rights law firm and we may be able to help you through the process of providing your landlord with proper notice.
A property manager is allowed a reasonable amount of time to correct a problem after the tenant provides notice. Problems that the landlord should have known about do not require notice. It is always best to provide both verbal and written notice when you have a problem. Generally, 30 days is considered a reasonable amount of time for a landlord to remedy an issue. However, immediate problems such as severe pest or rodent infestations will likely require eradication in a matter of days. Keep in mind that just because you might have a few flies or spiders, this does not mean your unit is unlivable. Our pest infestation lawyers will evaluate your particular circumstances and provide you with legal options.
Castelblanco Law Group, APLC is a California law firm that focuses on the rights of renters. We have more than 20 years of experience representing tenants living in deplorable conditions. Contact our office at (213) 893-8881 if you believe you have a pest infestation on your rental property that makes it unlivable. Let our knowledge and experience work for you.