The California Landlord's Lawbook: Rights & Responsibilities


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Every California landlord and residential property manager needs The California Landlord's Law Book: Rights & Responsibilities. For over 25 years, the definitive guide for landlords in the Golden State has clearly and comprehensively covered everything you need to know about:

  • security deposits
  • leases and rental agreements
  • property managers
  • habitability
  • liability
  • lead paint
  • discrimination
  • rent control
  • terminations and evictions
  • and much more

This edition includes up-to-date information on landlord-tenant laws, including new California requirements that landlords provide tenants with details on how and where rent is to be paid before terminating for nonpayment of rent, and new language on notice of entry and termination forms regarding tenant rights as to abandoned property. Plus you get access to a unique web page on where you can instantly download more than 40 forms, including a lease and rental agreement, tailored to meet California law.

Check out Every Landlord's Legal Guide.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Unblighted by unnecessary legal jargon…this is as necessary as a rent receipt book or a good repair person.” Los Angeles Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413320862
  • Publisher: NOLO
  • Publication date: 3/30/2015
  • Edition description: Sixteenth Ediiton
  • Edition number: 16
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David Brown practices law in the Monterey, California area, where he has represented both landlords and tenants in hundreds of court cases — most of which he felt could have been avoided if both sides were more fully informed about landlord/tenant law. Brown, a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Santa Clara Law School, also teaches law at the Monterey College of Law and is the author of Fight Your Ticket in California, Beat Your Ticket and others.

Ralph Warner, a pioneer of the do-it-yourself law movement, founded Nolo with Ed Sherman in 1971. He began publishing do-it-yourself law books after numerous publishers rejected them. Warner holds a law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley and an undergraduate degree from Princeton.

Janet Portman specializes in residential and commercial landlord/tenant law. She is the author or coauthor ofEvery Landlord's Legal Guide,Every Tenant's Legal Guide,Renters' Rights, Leases & Rental Agreements,The California Landlord's Law Book: Rights and Responsibilities andothers. Portman received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stanford University and a law degree from Santa Clara University. Before joining Nolo in 1994, she practiced law as a public defender.

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Table of Contents


1 Renting Your Property: How to Choose Tenants and Avoid Legal Pitfalls

2 Understanding Leases and Rental Agreements

3 Basic Rent Rules

4 Rent Control

5 Security Deposits

6 Property Managers

7 Getting the Tenant Moved In

8 Lawyers, Legal Research, Eviction Services, and Mediation

9 Discrimination

10 Cotenants, Subtenants, and Guests

11 The Landlord’s Duty to Repair and Maintain the Property

12 The Landlord’s Liability for Dangerous Conditions

13 Criminal Acts, and Environmental Health Hazards

14 The Landlord’s Right of Entry and Tenant’s Privacy

15 Raising Rents and Changing Other Terms of Tenancy

16 Retaliatory Rent Increases and Evictions

17 The Three-Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit

18 Self-Help Evictions, Utility Terminations, and

19 Taking Tenants’ Property

20 Terminating Tenancies

21 When a Tenant Leaves: Month-to-Month Tenancies

22 Fixed-Term Leases, Abandonment, and Death of a Tenant

23 Returning Security Deposits

24 If the Deposit Doesn’t Cover Damage and Unpaid Rent

25 Property Abandoned by a Tenant


A Rent Control Chart

B How to Use the Interactive Forms

C Forms


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