What are the responsibility of a rental property owner?

Categories: Landlord Questions, Laws & Regulations, Tenant Questions


• 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