The following is provided as information and should not be construed as legal advice. Consult a license attorney.
Tenants may not be aware that California law provides remedies for tenants living in rental units in need of health and safety repairs, one of these remedies being that the tenant may have the repair made and deduct the cost of the repair from the next month’s rent. This page lists a number of resources for tenants who are concerned that they are living in substandard conditions.
California Civil Code 1942 – Right of tenant to make repairs if landlord fails to
California Civil Code 1941.1 – Untenantable conditions
California Civil Code 1941.3 – Dwelling unit for human habitation
California Department of Consumer Affairs – Landlord/Tenant Rights and Responsibilities
California Department of Consumer Affairs – No retaliatory evictions for using repair & deduct or reporting conditions to an agency.
NOLO Law for All – California Tenant Rights to Withhold Rent or “Repair and Deduct”
California Tenant Law (Tenant’s attorney Kenneth H. Carlson, State Bar #93602) – Uninhabitable conditions
Repair and Deduct (Law Offices of Jual F. Reyes)- Landlord Failure To Repair Allows Tenants To Pay For Repairs And Deduct From Rent
Landlords must give long-term tenants (tenancy greater than one year) a 60-day notice, instead of a 30-day notice, of termination.