Published by the California Department of Consumer Affairs in 2012, you may consider it the “Bible” of tenant and owner rights for rental properties in the state of California. It is titled “California Tenants – A Guide to Residential Tenants’ and Landlords’ Rights and Responsibilities” and runs 111 pages long.
The booklet may be copied and distributed if “(1) the meaning of copied text is not changed or misrepresented, (2) credit is given to the Department of Consumer Affairs and (3) all copies are distributed free of charge.”
- Who is a Landlord and Who is a Tenant?
- Looking for a Rental Unit
- Before You Agree to Rent
- When You Have Decided to Rent
- Living in the Rental Unit
- Dealing with Problems
- Moving Out
- Terminations and Evictions
- Resolving Problems
This booklet is very thorough and provides the nuts and bolts from soup to nuts on rental laws and the responsibilities both parties have in the rental market. It references all of the California Civil Codes related to the rental laws and provides many case studies. It provides great detail and should be the reference book for all owners, tenants and property management companies.