The recent newsletter that I get called C. A. R. Newsline sent by the California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.) deals with landlord, tenants issues and a lacking of understanding the laws that apply to such. This just shows how important it is to understand tenant laws before buying an investment/rental property.
Here is a link to an excellent guide put out by the California Department of Consumer Affairs:
I have included in red, what applies for California.
Nearly Half of Renters and Landlords Show Incomplete Understanding of Basic Rental Laws
Even as demand for rental housing remains very strong, there is a great deal of confusion over existing rental laws among many landlords, and among tenants themselves, according to a Zillow Rentals survey. On average, renters and landlords answered about half of survey questions incorrectly (47 percent incorrect for renters / 50 percent for landlords) when asked about their respective rights and responsibilities.
Lack of Understanding on Security Deposit Laws:
- MISCONCEPTION: 82 percent of renters and three-quarters (76 percent) of landlords said they believe the landlord has 60 days after a lease ends to refund a security deposit (or provide an itemized deduction statement and refund the balance).
- TRUTH: In most states security deposits must be returned between 14 and 30 days.
- Under California law, 21 calendar days or less after you move, your landlord must either:
- Send you a full refund of your security deposit, or
- Mail or personally deliver to you an itemized statement that lists the amounts of any deductions from your security deposit and the reasons for the deductions, together with a refund of any amounts not deducted.218
- MISCONCEPTION: Nearly two-thirds of renters (62 percent) and half of landlords (50 percent) said the landlord has the right to terminate a lease in order to rent the home to his or her family member.
- TRUTH: Landlords may not evict a tenant during the term of the lease simply because they would prefer to rent the unit to a friend or family member, or even to someone willing to pay higher rent.
- This is true in California
Lack of Understanding on Credit and Background Checks:
- MISCONCEPTION: More than three-quarters (76 percent) of landlords and 82 percent of renters said a landlord has the right to reject any rental application on the basis of a prior conviction for illegal drug use.
- TRUTH: While landlords do have the right to reject applications for criminal convictions of many kinds, they may not reject an applicant on the basis of a conviction for drug use. They can, however, reject a person who has been convicted of manufacturing or selling drugs, or who currently uses illegal drugs.
This is a Federal law and true in California
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