Protecting Tenants’ Rights to a Suitable Living Environment
When you rent a property in California, the property must be suitable to live in based on the implied warranty of habitability. When there are unreasonable health risks or dangers, the landlord breaches this warranty and tenants have important rights under state law. Exercising these rights is not easy, and tenants should take certain steps to prevent complications. You should always contact a breach of warranty of habitability lawyer in Beverly Hills for guidance and advice. Jalilvand Law represents residential and commercial tenants and landlords in a variety of matters, and attorney Kamelia Jalilvand is ready to help.
Steps For Tenants to Take
There are many conditions that may constitute a breach of warranty of habitability, including:
- Inadequate weather or waterproofing
- Broken plumbing or gas fixtures
- Lack of lighting or electricity
- Inadequate water supply
- Unsanitary premises, including pests, bacteria, or trash
- Dangerous stairways or floors
If your landlord fails to maintain your premises in liveable condition under the law, you should report the conditions to them. If the landlord fails to repair the situation, you can take action, including:
- Making or ordering repairs yourself and deducting the costs from your rent payment
- Withhold paying rent until the problem is addressed
- Move out of the property even though you are under a current lease
Landlords often deny breaching the warranty of habitability, and may even take retaliatory legal action against tenants who exercise their rights.
Discuss Your Concerns with a Breach of Warranty of Habitability Lawyer in Beverly Hills
You should call a Beverly Hills breach of warranty of habitability attorney as soon as you have concerns about the state of your rented property. Contact Jalilvand Law at 310.478.5800 or contact us online to discuss your rights and options.
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