San Diego County


Tenant Rights

The tenant-landlord relationship often brings up questions about rights and responsibilities.

The following resources offer helps on frequently asked tenant questions, anywhere from when does a landlord have the right to enter my home to what is the eviction process and more. When dealing with your landlord, make sure you understand your rights and their responsibilities.  


20 Most Frequently Asked Landlord-Tenant Questions

1. What is a lease/rental agreement, and why is one important?
A lease is a legal contract that a tenant and landlord are bound to until it expires. It outlines critical information such as monthly rent, security deposits, rent increases and tenant or landlord responsibilities, to name a few things. Most issues can be avoided by following the lease, and most tenant questions can be answered by the lease. (CA Handbook pages 15-18).......................

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Landlord Tenant Law - Frequently Asked Questions (Inland Counties Legal Services serving Riverside and San Bernardino Counties


A lodger is a person who lives in a room in a house where the owner lives. The owner can enter all areas occupied by the lodger and has overall control of the house. Most lodgers have the same rights as tenants except in the following situation:

In the case of a single lodger in a house where there are no other lodgers, the owner can evict the lodger without using formal eviction proceedings. The owner can give the lodger written notice that the lodger cannot continue to use the room. The amount of notice must the same as the number of days between..........................

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Proceed With Caution When Evicting a Tenant

The moment relations between you and one of your tenants begin to sour, you will be wise to remember a cardinal truth. Any activity by you that might be construed by your tenant as illegal, threatening, humiliating, abusive, or invasive of his privacy can potentially give rise to a lawsuit against you for big bucks. So, although the unlawful detainer procedure can be tedious, it’s important to understand that it is the only game in town..................................

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National Housing Law Project

Are you looking for a lawyer?

If you are a low-income tenant or homeowner and are in need of legal assistance, there are several organizations that you can contact for help.........................

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San Diego County 2012 Rental Housing Handbook - Your Rights and Responsibility

Everyone needs a home. In the present economy an increasing percentage of Americans find it necessary to rent that home. It is an advantage in a rental situation for both the tenant and the landlord to know the rights and responsibilities of each party so that their relationship can be both rewarding and beneficial. Whether renting an apartment, house, room, duplex or condominium, a renter has the protection of federal, state and local laws. The primary focus of this handbook is on the California state laws which govern the landlord/tenant relationship. California Civil Codes provide both tenants and landlords with valuable information on all phases of the rental relationship.....................

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A Guide to Residential Tenants’ and Landlords’ Rights and Responsibility

What should a tenant do if his or her apartment needs repairs? Can a landlord force a tenant to move? How many days notice does a tenant have to give a landlord before the tenant moves? Can a landlord raise a tenant’s rent? California Tenants—A Guide to Residential Tenants’ and Landlords’ Rights and Responsibilities answers these questions and many others..................

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