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Table Of Contents

INTRODUCTION
HOW TO USE THIS BOOKLET
PREPAID RENTAL LISTING SERVICES
THE RENTAL APPLICATION
CREDIT CHECKS
APPLICATION SCREENING FEE
HOLDING DEPOSIT
UNLAWFUL DISCRIMINATION
What is unlawful discrimination?
EXAMPLES OF UNLAWFUL DISCRIMINATION
BEFORE YOU AGREE TO RENT
RENTAL AGREEMENTS AND LEASES
General information
Oral rental agreements
Written rental agreements
Leases
SHARED UTILITY METERS
Key terms
Tenant’s basic legal rights
Shared utilities
LANDLORD’S DISCLOSURES
Lead-based paint
Periodic pest control treatments
Asbestos
Carcinogenic Material
Illegal Controlled Substances
Demolition Permit
Military Base or Explosives
THE INVENTORY CHECKLIST
RENTER’S INSURANCE
RENT CONTROL
LIVING IN THE RENTAL UNIT
PAYING THE RENT
When is rent due?
Obtaining receipts for rent payments
Late fees and dishonored check fees
Partial rent payments
SECURITY DEPOSIT INCREASES
RENT INCREASES
How often can rent be raised?
Example of a rent increase
SUBLEASES AND ASSIGNMENTS
Subleases
Assignments
DEALING WITH PROBLEMS
REPAIRS AND HABITABILITY
Landlord’s responsibility for repairs
Tenant’s responsibility for repairs
Tenant’s agreement to make repairs
HAVING REPAIRS MADE
The “repair and deduct” remedy
The “abandonment” remedy
The “rent withholding” remedy
Giving the landlord notice
Tenant Information
Lawsuit for damages as a remedy
Resolving complaints out of court
LANDLORD’S SALE OF THE RENTAL UNIT
CONDOMINIUM CONVERSIONS
DEMOLITION OF DWELLING
MOVING OUT
GIVING AND RECEIVING PROPER NOTICE
REFUNDS OF SECURITY DEPOSITS
TENANT’S DEATH
MOVING AT THE END OF A LEASE
TERMINATIONS AND EVICTIONS
WRITTEN NOTICES OF TERMINATION
Thirty-day or sixty-day notice
Three-day notice
How to respond to a three-day notice
How to count the three days
PROPER SERVICE OF NOTICES
Overview of the eviction process
Eviction of “unnamed occupants”
Before the court hearing
After the court’s decision
Writ of possession
Setting aside a default judgment
Retaliatory actions and evictions
Retaliatory discrimination
RESOLVING PROBLEMS
TALK WITH YOUR LANDLORD
GETTING HELP FROM A THIRD PARTY
ARBITRATION AND MEDIATION
GLOSSARY
APPENDIX 4 — OTHER RESOURCES
PUBLICATIONS ON LANDLORD-TENANT LAW
INDEX
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California Tenants

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