One of the reasons this law is in force is to end unlawful discrimination, prohibit sexual harassment and prevent retaliation against anyone who has filed a complaint or helped conduct an investigation with fair accommodation. Therefore, by abiding by the laws of the state, you cannot abide by the laws of the city. The two cities worth studying further are Los Angeles and San Francisco. Owners of one of these cities should be aware of both national and urban legislation in order to comply with the rules. Below is a table that describes the basics of California leases and leases with links to additional resources. Laws and regulations governing California tenants` rights come from cities that already had rent control guidelines before national law (like Los Angeles and San Francisco) retained its rent control laws — they won`t be replaced by the most recent national legislation. Note: State laws are constantly changing – contact a landlord-tenant attorney in California or do your own legal research to check the state laws you`ve been looking for. Victims of domestic violence have special rights. Landlords have only limited rights to evict victims of domestic violence. In addition, victims of domestic violence may ask their landlord to share the lease and dislodge the offender but not the victim of domestic violence.

The victim can also ask the owner to change the locks. However, the landlord is entitled to proof of domestic violence status. Landlords must not refuse to rent to a victim of domestic violence. A victim can terminate a lease with a period of 14 days and proof of victim status. (Civ. Code §§ 1946.7(d)) A landlord cannot terminate or refuse the renewal of a lease if the tenant or a member of the tenant`s household is the victim of a documented act of domestic violence, sexual assault or harassment. (Civ. Rules of Procedure § 1161.3) Landlords are required to include the following language in the rental agreement: “Note: In accordance with Section 290.46 of the Penal Code, information about certain registered sex offenders is made available to the public via a website maintained by the Ministry of Justice in www.meganslaw.ca.gov.

Depending on the criminal history of the offender, this information contains either the address at which the offender is located or the roommate and postal code in which he resides. “(Civ. Code §§ 2079.10a) Before signing the lease, the landlord must disclose knowledge of mold in the apartment that exceeds safety limits or poses a health problem. . . .