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- Notice of Unlawful Detainer (1161 and 1162)
- Serving Notice by Mail (1013)
- 60-day Notice to increase rent - over 10% (827)
Landlord must give at least 60 days written notice of a greater than 10% rent increase
- Notice to Vacate (1946)
- Security Deposits (1950.5)
Know your rights and responsibilities as it relates to your security deposits
- Repairs and Landlord's General Obligations (California Civil Code, Sections 1941 & 1942)
- 1941: Landlord must maintain building in condition fit for human occupation
- 1941.1: Characteristics of a residential unit that a landlord must maintain
- 1941.2: Tenant's responsibilities for maintaining the condition of the property
- 1941.4: Telephone jacks and wiring
- Contact a legal adviser before exercising the rights in the California laws regarding repairs and habitability referenced below:
- A Tenant's Right to Privacy (1954)
Know what your rights are regarding unwelcome or unauthorized visits from your landlord
- Rights that can not be waived (1953)
The following rights can not be modified or waived without voiding the lease/rental agreement
- Security Deposits
- Locks/Security Devices on Doors (1941.3)
Landlords are obliged to install and maintain an operable dead bolt lock on each main swinging entry door of a dwelling unit.
- Telephone Jacks and Wiring (1941.4)
Landlords shall be responsible for installing at least one usable telephone jack and for placing and maintaining the inside telephone wiring in good working order.
- Screening Fees for Residential Rental Units (1950.6)
Landlord or agent may charge applicants an application screening fee to cover the actual costs of obtaining information about said applicant.
- Landlord’s Responsibility to Provide a Copy of Rental Agreement (1962)
- Shared Utilities (1940.9)
Landlord must disclose if a utility meter is shared how the bill will be divided among users. This must be a mutually agreed upon arrangement and the agreement must be in writing.
- Smoke Alarms (13113.7) and (13114)
- Carbon Monoxide Alarms (17926) and (13262)
- Location and power sources for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
- Domestic Violence (1161.3)
- Barbeque Safety Rules (PDF)
(Santa Cruz Municipal Code referenced)