A tenant has the right to request repairs from a landlord. A tenant can also exercise other rights including:
- The right to complain to a city agency because of the condition of the rental unit;
- The right to complain to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing;
- The right to require that a landlord provide written notice prior to entering the rental unit;
- The right to repair dilapidations of the rental unit after notice to the landlord;
- The right to vacate the rental unit if the landlord does not perform repairs; and
- The right to associate with or participate in a tenant's rights organization;
California state law prohibits a landlord from retaliating against a tenant for exercising their rights under the law. If the tenant is not in default as to the payment of rent, a landlord cannot evict the tenant in retaliation for having asserted their rights.
A landlord who retaliates against a tenant can be liable for actual damages, punitive damages in an amount up to $2000 per incident and attorney's fees.
Attorneys at Sundeen & Salinas have successfully received retaliation verdicts from juries in Alameda County.
If you have a question about your legal rights, or wish to speak to an attorney about your situation, please call us today at 510-663-9240, or contact us online to discuss your legal rights.