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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