Tenant Rights

Usually, landlords have the upper-hand. Tenants don’t want to jeopardize: 1. being evicted; 2. left without a home; and, 3. facing the landlord’s lawyer without the finances for their own. This is intimidating and unfair. Our “Advocacy” section is devoted to p roviding helpful information to tenants to help them recognize and defend their rights.

Many landlords feel they are in charge of the property, and therefore in charge of the tenant. This is a serious misconception. When a landlord rents a property to a tenant, they are also allowing them control of that property, to use without interference.

As tenant advocates, we aim to provide answers that may assist with all landlord-tenant matters, including everyday grievances.

It’s always best to try and reach an agreement with the landlord for whatever issues that may exist. However, there are times when communication or agreements are not available.

In the event there is a breakdown in communication with the landlord, or there may be situations where the landlord’s actions are questionable, the information in this section may be useful.


THEY CAN'T LOCK YOU OUT

California Civil Code §789.3 - No Landlord Lockouts, Shut off Utilities

THEY CAN'T INTRUDE

California Civil Code §1954 – landlord entering dwelling/property

THEY CAN'T PUSH YOU AROUND

California Civil Code §1940 – Unlawfully influencing tenant to leave

TENANT ENTITLED TO QUIET ENJOYMENT OF PROPERTY

California Civil Code §1927 - A Tenant Has The Right To Quiet Enjoyment Of Rental Property Without A Landlord’s Interference

THEY CAN'T FORCIBLY ENTER OR DETAIN POSSESSIONS

California Penal Code §418 - It Is Illegal To Forcibly Enter A Property Or Detain A Tenant’s Personal Possessions

THEY HAVE TO FIX IT

California Civil Code §1942 - A Tenant Has The Right To Prompt Response To Request For Repairs

FILE A COMPLAINT

If you believe your landlord has violated your rights

Start
(800) 390-9397