What are landlords responsible for covering during the term of the lease?

Landlords are responsible for some things, but not all things. Under the Civil Code established in Green v. Superior Court (1974), a landlord must:

  • Make the rental unit fit to live in or habitable before renting to a tenant
  • Repair problems that make the rental unit unfit to live in, or uninhabitable while a tenant is renting the unit
  • Repair substantial defects in the rental unit and substantial failures to comply with state and local building and health codes
  • Upkeep maintenance necessary to keep the rental unit livable

The landlord is not, however, responsible for:

  • Repairing damages that were caused by the tenant or the tenant’s family, guests, or pets
  • Anything determined by the rental agreement to be the tenant’s responsibility

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