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Understand Your Rights Before Taking Legal Action
Under specific California environmental laws, landlords have the responsibility to ensure that properties they rent to prospective tenants are secure, clean and free of contaminants such as mold or vermin. Habitability issues can give rise to significant legal disputes, and whether you are a landlord or tenant, it is important to understand your rights and obligations before taking further action.
The lawyers of Costa Law offer experienced representation in all matters of environmental law, including habitability issues between landlords and tenants. Our founder and principal attorney, Daniel P. Costa, has published articles and lectured on various topics related to environmental law and toxic torts. Drawing on his specific knowledge and experience handling a variety of environmental concerns, he represents both individuals and business clients throughout Northern California and the Central Valley involved in habitability disputes.
What Is Considered ‘Habitable’?
Habitability can raise serious concerns for both landlords and tenants. For a building to be declared “habitable,” it must have:
- Effective and workable plumbing
- A secure roof and ceilings that do not leak
- Working smoke detectors
- Adequate locks and security systems
- Secure doors and windows
- Sound electrical outlets and wiring
- Proper air filtration and circulation systems
- Common areas that are free of trash and other debris
If any of these conditions are not met by the landlord, tenants may have the right to repair damages and deduct costs from their rent. They may also use habitability as an effective defense against eviction proceedings. Proving or disproving that these conditions are the result of landlord negligence, however, can be difficult and legally complex.
Our firm helps landlords or tenants take the proper steps to protect their rights in habitability lawsuits. After examining the facts of your case, we will identify the most efficient, cost-conscious solution that protects your best interests, whether through mediation, arbitration or civil litigation, if necessary.
Contact Us About Habitability Issues
Whether you are a landlord or tenant involved in a habitability dispute, we seek to obtain effective results that achieve your objectives. To discuss the specifics of your case with one of our attorneys, call 916-400-2759 or 800-796-0397 toll-free, or contact us online to schedule a consultation.
We help clients across Gold River and all of California.