Message From The Department

California Tenants, A Guide to Residential Tenants' and Landlords' Rights and Responsibilities

Dear Reader:

For most of us, where we live is the most significant consumer decision we make, and our housing costs are the biggest part of our budget. Our home is where we spend much of our time, and we want it to be hassle free!

Move-in day marks the beginning of an important relationship between a tenant and a landlord. To help tenants and landlords manage their rental-housing responsibilities, we're pleased to provide the Department of Consumer Affairs' practical "California Tenants" guide.

The "California Tenants" booklet is a practical resource for both tenants and landlords. We've provided information about rental applications, unlawful discrimination, security deposits, repair responsibilities, rent increases, termination of leases, and eviction notices. We've included an inventory checklist for use before moving in, and again when moving out.

If you need additional assistance, we've also provided a comprehensive list of resources in communities throughout the Golden State.

We hope you find "California Tenants" helpful. You can get more information by visiting the Department's Web site at or by calling 1-800-952-5210.

California Department of Consumer Affairs