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Can A Tenant Legally Withhold Rent?

Jail or In-Laws?

Jail or In-Laws?

The relationship between tenants and their landlords can be complicated. Often what one person in the relationship thinks of as fair, the other considers the short end of the stick. It’s not unusual for tenants to get so fed up with a landlord, that they decide to force the landlord into taking action by withholding rent. While withholding rent until repairs have been made is allowed, in California, the laws surrounding the decision are complicated.

When can a Tenant Withhold Rent

H&S §17920.3 which is also called California’s State Housing Law, is a law that has been adopted by nearly all of California’s cities as well as the state’s legislators.

The law clearly stipulates the minimum requirements the landlords must do with regards to things like:

  • Overall condition of the stru...