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3 options to consider if your landlord is not making repairs

As a renter in California, you deserve a habitable rental unit. Your landlord has legal responsibilities for making necessary repairs and maintenance. If your apartment is unhealthy or unsafe and your landlord refuses to resolve the issue, you probably feel angry and are wondering what you should do.

Thankfully, California laws provide you with various actions to take against a negligent landlord. Here are the remedies you should consider if you are dealing with an unresponsive landlord. 

3 signs your apartment is unlivable

Is your apartment uninhabitable? California rental laws require apartments to suitable for humans to live in, free of hazards that put the safety and health of occupants at risk. Landlords are legally responsible for making rental units livable, conducting repairs throughout the rental term and maintaining the premises.

Is your landlord not holding up his or her end of the agreement? Here are some signs your apartment is uninhabitable

Are you afraid of landlord retaliation?

Many people live in conditions that are untenable. For example, a landlord might do nothing about a bedbug infestation, broken door and leaky toilet. As a result, the tenants deal with a lot of stress and worries about their health and safety. Even friendships can suffer when children do not want to bring their friends over to the house or apartment. In such situations, it is natural for a tenant to want to bring a landlord to court to force the issue.

However, what stops many is the fear of landlord retaliation. The apartment or house may be in conditions considered unlivable, but "at least" it is somewhere to go. It is a roof over your head. If a landlord retaliates, you and your children could be living out in the streets. The good news is that a landlord should not be able to retaliate, and the law is clear and strict on this issue.

What to do if your landlord will not fix your apartment

Renting an apartment comes with many benefits, such as community amenities, no property taxes and free maintenance. However, what if your landlord does not make repairs? What are you supposed to do?

The law allows you to withhold rent, deduct the cost of DIY repairs or abandon an uninhabitable living space. However, you must meet the requirements and follow the procedure correctly. Any mistakes can work against you and cause your landlord to begin the eviction process for nonpayment. It is better to take the following steps first instead.

Is it safe to live in an apartment with lead paint?

"The apartment has lead paint," is a phrase you are unlikely to enjoy hearing. However, if you have a limited budget, meaning you are also limited in your choice of apartments, then most of the places you are looking at might have lead paint.

The good news is that living in a place with lead paint is not, by itself, necessarily dangerous. Here is a look at why.

Act early if you suspect an issue with your landlord

Many landlords treat their tenants fairly, and many tenants follow the terms of their rental contracts. Sometimes, though, there are situations where landlords fall down miserably on their duties. Their negligence may even leave an apartment or house uninhabitable with a lack of heat, an infestation of bedbugs or cockroaches, or a leaky roof, to name just a few examples.

Often, multiple problems occur at the same time. The thing is that, in some situations, these problems may have started with just one single issue. Here is a look at why it is critical for tenants to take action as soon as possible even if they think they are dealing with just one relatively easy problem.

3 ways bed bugs are a risk to your health

Bed bugs can be more than a simple nuisance; they are also harmful to your health.  Do not take a bed-bug infestation lightly, because you and others in your home or apartment may experience health problems. In fact, the EPA says that these pests are a public health issue

If you have bed bugs, they can have an impact on the physical and mental health of everyone who lives in the home or apartment. Here are some of the ways bed bugs can affect your health. 

3 things every tenant should know about lead paint

When you sign a lease and move into a new home or apartment, you likely do not expect that it will be a hazard to your health and the health of your family. This is exactly what happens, though, when there is lead paint present in your home. It is a well-known fact that this poses a serious risk to tenants, but it sometimes still appears in apartments and homes built when the use of lead paint was common.

Your landlord should disclose the use of lead paint, but sometimes he or she does not do this. Whether you have lived in your home for two years or two months, there are several things you need to know if you suspect that there is lead paint in your home that might be compromising your health.

3 signs your apartment is uninhabitable

When you originally moved into your apartment in Los Angeles, you were probably excited. With a fresh coat of paint, new carpet and working appliances, you were happy. But now, the honeymoon has ended. You might be dealing with unlivable conditions or late repairs. 

Do not neglect the warning signs of an uninhabitable apartment. Your landlord has a legal responsibility to make sure you live in a comfortable, healthy and safe environment. Here are three indications your apartment has become uninhabitable. 

Why cockroaches in the home are a danger to your health

There are certain critters and creatures you never want to see in the place you call home, and cockroaches tend to rank high on the list. In addition to their unsightly, unsettling appearance, cockroaches can actually impact your health negatively, so it is in your best interest to have them removed from your home as quickly as possible while taking strides to keep them out for good.

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