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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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