Landlord/Tenant Relationship

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In California, the landlord/tenant relationship involves specific rights and responsibilities for each party. We have included some basic information about the connections between landlords and tenants.


  • Maintain and repair the premises to comply with housing codes and regulations.
  • Provide adequate locks and keys.
  • Maintain electrical, plumbing, heating, and other appliances in good working order.
  • Keep the premises in reasonably weather-tight condition.
  • Control infestations by insects, rodents, and other pests before the tenant moves in, and in residences (except single-family dwellings) through tenancy.
  • In apartments, studios, or other dwellings excluding houses, provide garbage cans and arrange for garbage removal.
  • Provide smoke detectors and ensure they work properly when a new tenant moves in.
  • A landlord is not responsible for the cost of damages caused by the tenant.


  • Pay rent and utilities according to rental agreement.
  • Maintain the premises in sanitary condition.
  • Pay for fumigation of infestations caused by the tenant (eg: fleas from a pet).
  • Properly use and maintain appliances provided by the landlord.
  • Do not cause intentional or careless damage to the dwelling.
  • Replace batteries in smoke detectors.
  • Upon moving out, restore the premises to the same condition as when the tenant moved in, aside from normal wear and tear.