The Fine Print

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

Department of Consumer Affairs, 1998
Reprinted, 2000
Updated and reprinted, 2001
Reprinted, 2002
Updated and Reprinted, 2003
Updated, 2004
Updated and Reprinted, 2006
Updated and reprinted, 2007
Reprinted, 2008
Updated and reprinted, 2010
Updated and reprinted, 2012, current with all 2011 laws.

California Tenants - A Guide to Residential Tenants' and Landlords' Rights and Responsibilities was written by the Department of Consumer Affairs' Legal Affairs Division and was produced by the Department's Office of Publications, Design & Editing. The 1998 printing of this booklet was funded by a grant from the California Consumer Protection Foundation.

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing contributed to the text on unlawful discrimination in housing.


The opinions expressed in this booklet are those of the authors and should not be construed as representing the opinions or policy of any official or agency of the State of California. While this publication is designed to provide accurate and current information about the law, readers should consult an attorney or other expert for advice in particular cases, and should also read the relevant statutes and court decisions when relying on cited material.


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