Tenant Questions (6)

In most cases, the owner or property manager must provide the tenant with prior written notice to enter the tenant’s rental home. Written notice is considered reasonable if it is provided at least 24 hours in advance. A written notice is required in the following situations:

• To make necessary or agreed-upon repairs.

• To inspect waterbed installation and periodically after to assure the installation meets the law’s requirements. • To show the rental unit to prospective tenants, purchasers or lenders, or to provide initial inspection before the end of the tenancy.

• If directed by a court.



PRIOR WRITTEN NOTICE IS NOT REQUIRED IN THE FOLLOWING SITUATIONS:

• In an emergency.

• When tenant or another occupant consents.

• After tenant has abandoned or surrendered the rental home.

• Upon verbal agreement to allow the owner to make agreed-upon repairs or supply services.

Source: Long Beach Development Services, The following information is from, “A Guide to Residential Tenants’ and Landlords’ Rights and Responsibilities.”

To view the entire guide, please see dca.ca.gov/publications/landlordbook/catenant.pdf

TENANTS HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO DO THE FOLLOWING:

• Maintain a clean and sanitary rental home.

• Properly dispose of garbage or trash.

• Properly operate all electrical, gas, and plumbing fixtures.

• Refrain from damaging or defacing the home or allowing anyone else to do so (tenants are responsible for all repairs of damage caused by the tenant, the tenant’s family, guests or pets).

• Use the premises as a place to live, and use the rooms for their intended purposes.

• Report broken door or window locks.

• Contact the rental owner or property manager immediately to report any problems with your rental home, especially any water damage or leaks.

• Cooperate with repair workers/pest control operators in preparing rental home for service or repairs.

Source: Long Beach Development Services, The following information is from, “A Guide to Residential Tenants’ and Landlords’ Rights and Responsibilities.”

To view the entire guide, please see dca.ca.gov/publications/landlordbook/catenant.pdf

OWNERS HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THE FOLLOWING:

• A structure that is weatherproof and waterproof; there must be no holes or cracks that allow rain or wind to enter.

• A plumbing system in good working condition and connected to the local water supply and sewage system or functional septic system.

• Floors, stairs and railings in good repair.

• A hot water system capable of producing water of at least 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

• An electrical system that was legal when installed and without loose or exposed wiring.

• A heating system that is in safe, working condition.

• No insect or rodent infestation.

• A home that is free of garbage or debris.

• Sufficient garbage or trash receptacles.

• A working toilet, washbasin, and bathtub or shower.

• A kitchen with a working sink.

• A safe fire or emergency exit.

• Deadbolt locks on each main swinging door that provides entry to the home.

• Working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors located in certain areas.

• Working telephone jack and phone wiring inside the home.

• Gas facilities in working order

Source: Long Beach Development Services, The following information is from, “A Guide to Residential Tenants’ and Landlords’ Rights and Responsibilities.”

To view the entire guide, please see dca.ca.gov/publications/landlordbook/catenant.pdf

Owners and property managers want to know if there is an item that needs repair in your home. If you have a problem with any of the items listed, you should:

• Contact the rental owner or property manager first. You should document your request in writing and keep a copy. If there is water intrusion, a water leak or any water damage occurring to the property, contact the owner or property manager immediately.

• Allow a reasonable period of time for repair. In most cases, the owner or property manager will begin working on your request shortly after it is made. Repairs are typically made during normal business hours. Some repairs may take longer than others to complete. 



Current law indicates that 30 days is a reasonable period of time to address most repairs but it also depends on the nature of the repair. Accommodating requests for access to make repairs will help expedite the process. If you have waited a reasonable period of time and the requested repair has not been made, contact the Code Enforcement Division to file a complaint.

Source: Long Beach Development Services, The following information is from, “A Guide to Residential Tenants’ and Landlords’ Rights and Responsibilities.”

To view the entire guide, please see dca.ca.gov/publications/landlordbook/catenant.pdf

Owners and property managers want to know if there is an item that needs repair in your home. If you have a problem with any of the items listed, you should:

• Contact the rental owner or property manager first. You should document your request in writing and keep a copy. If there is water intrusion, a water leak or any water damage occurring to the property, contact the owner or property manager immediately.

• Allow a reasonable period of time for repair. In most cases, the owner or property manager will begin working on your request shortly after it is made. Repairs are typically made during normal business hours. Some repairs may take longer than others to complete. 

Current law indicates that 30 days is a reasonable period of time to address most repairs but it also depends on the nature of the repair. Accommodating requests for access to make repairs will help expedite the process. If you have waited a reasonable period of time and the requested repair has not been made, contact the Code Enforcement Division to file a complaint.

Source: Long Beach Development Services, The following information is from, “A Guide to Residential Tenants’ and Landlords’ Rights and Responsibilities.”

To view the entire guide, please see dca.ca.gov/publications/landlordbook/catenant.pdf

Category: Tenant Questions

Owners and property managers want to know if there is an item that needs repair in your home. If you have a problem with any of the items listed, you should:

• Contact the rental owner or property manager first. You should document your request in writing and keep a copy. If there is water intrusion, a water leak or any water damage occurring to the property, contact the owner or property manager immediately.

• Allow a reasonable period of time for repair. In most cases, the owner or property manager will begin working on your request shortly after it is made. Repairs are typically made during normal business hours. Some repairs may take longer than others to complete. 

Current law indicates that 30 days is a reasonable period of time to address most repairs but it also depends on the nature of the repair. Accommodating requests for access to make repairs will help expedite the process. If you have waited a reasonable period of time and the requested repair has not been made, contact the Code Enforcement Division to file a complaint.

Source: Long Beach Development Services, The following information is from, “A Guide to Residential Tenants’ and Landlords’ Rights and Responsibilities.”

To view the entire guide, please see dca.ca.gov/publications/landlordbook/catenant.pdf