Obligations of a Landlord in Los Angeles
What is a landlord?
You are a landlord if you manage a property and you lease it to someone. An apartment, house, land or any type of real estate can be leased to another individual or to a business. If your official title is ‘landlord’, you are in a legal relationship and you should understand your obligations.
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What should a landlord do?
According to the California Civil Code, a landlord is responsible to repair any problem on a property and provide his tenants with habitable living conditions. This also includes damage by water and flood.
A water-damaged property should be covered by the landlord’s property insurance. But, it would depend on whose fault it is. If the tenant is at fault, his renter’s insurance should pay up.
My landlord doesn’t complete repairs
Your first obligation is to disclose ownership to the tenant
It is possible to be a landlord, but not to be the owner of the property. Should you be an agent, or acting on behalf of the owner, the tenant must know who the real owner of the property is. The tenant must know who to pay his rent to or who he can contact if he has any maintenance issues or requests.
The details of the rental agreement should be set out in a written contract. Conditions of the rental agreement cannot be changed on a whim. The property must meet housing code requirements and must be habitable throughout the lease period.
A landlord can only inspect a unit or visit a tenant per appointment. By renting a property to the tenant, he has been given the right to live in peace without intrusion from the landlord.
If the property is to be sold, the tenant must be given adequate notice if the landlord wants to show the property to prospective buyers.
The vacant unit must be ready for the new tenant to move into on the date that you’ve agreed upon. It is the obligation of the landlord to honor the start of the lease agreement.
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