Your landlord isn't allowed to stick you with property in such poor repair that you can't live in it. Under California law, this includes an ongoing duty to make repairs to keep the property livable.
At the Law Offices of James Coy Driscoll, we use the power of the law to protect tenants who are suffering from habitability and tenantability issues. If you are concerned that the property you are renting is unlivable or not up to code, please contact us online or call (415) 523-5591 to discuss your case with an experienced lawyer.
What Makes A Rental Unit Uninhabitable?
There are many things that can make a rental property uninhabitable according to the California Civil Code. It doesn't matter whether it's a house, an apartment or some other rental property, the same factors apply.
Properly working utilities are a basic foundation for habitability. Excessive problems with heat, water, electricity or natural gas can make a place unfit to live in.
Security and safety are also important concerns. Absence of locks that work, for example, is an indicator of a rental property that may be uninhabitable.
Sanitary conditions are important to habitability as well. This includes things like the lack of a working toilet and the presence of rodents or roaches.
To be sure, as a tenant you also have certain responsibilities. These include the proper use of gas, electrical and plumbing fixtures, keeping the unit clean and sanitary, proper disposal of trash and proper apartment maintenance.
You can't let the landlord blame you, however, for problems that the landlord has a duty to address.
Asserting Your Rights As A Tenant
Attorney James Coy Driscoll has been protecting tenants' rights in the Bay Area since 1991. Understanding tenantability, habitability and apartment maintenance requirements is important for renters. In the event a tenant receives a notice to vacate, an uninhabitable unit could be used to fight eviction. We are experienced in finding creative ways to deal with tough legal issues regarding housing habitability.
Contact Our San Francisco Attorney For Help With Apartment Maintenance Issues
If you have been living in a rental unit that is uninhabitable, you may be able to file a lawsuit against your landlord to recover damages. Contact us online or call (415) 523-5591 for a free phone consultation. Whether you are dealing with a landlord who fails to maintain habitable property or fails to meet housing maintenance requirements, we can help.