Property Maintenance in the Era of COVID: Cleanliness Matters!

Residential rental dwellings must be fit for human habitation and free from ‘dilapidations,’ says California Civil Code section 1941. In part that means “all areas under control of the landlord, kept in every part clean, sanitary, and free from all accumulations of debris, filth, rubbish, garbage, rodents, and vermin.” Not a high bar! But not all landlords live up to that standard and during the COVID-19 pandemic we may see some landlords shirk their responsibility.

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Heads Landlords Win, Tales Tenants Lose [Update]

City Council baked tenants a full loaf of protections when it unanimously adopted an ‘urgency ordinance’ in January. Annual rent increases were limited to 3% and significant relocation fees were obligated for any involuntary tenancy termination. That put the brake on no-cause evictions, and residents who rent have waited for such protection from City Hall for 30 years. But a month later it looks like landlords have gobbled half that loaf!

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