In California, a landlord may be able to evict a tenant if the tenant:
In most cities, the landlord can also evict the tenant:
*If your city has rent control, these 2 reasons may not be good enough to evict a tenant. Find out if a particular property is in a rent-controlled area or talk to your self-help center, or a lawyer for help.
A landlord cannot evict a tenant for an illegal reason like discrimination or to get back at the tenant for taking action against the landlord, like filing a complaint because the property’s heating system is broken.
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For legal help with an eviction case:
Landlords must make sure:
*The landlord must meet the standards in effect when installed as well as current building and house code standards. For more information, read California Civil Code section 1941.
The landlord must also promptly repair problems related to the habitability items listed above. If the tenant gives notice of a problem and the landlord fails to fix it, the tenant may be able to pay for the repair and deduct the cost from the rent. This only applies if the cost is not more than 1 month’s rent. Read Civil Code section 1942.
The landlord must give reasonable notice to the tenant before gaining entrance to the rental unit, unless there is an emergency that requires immediate entry (such as fixing a broken pipe).
There are other responsibilities that landlords have, and you can read about them in the materials from the California Department of Consumer Affairs.
There are other responsibilities that tenants have, and you can read about them in the materials from the California Department of Consumer Affairs.