CA Department of Consumer Affairs publishes a list of conditions that would could tag your Los Gatos rental property unlivable. According to the Depart of Consumer Affairs, the term “habitable” means that the rental unit is fit for occupation by humane beings and that it’s substantially complies with the State and Local building and health codes that materially affect the tenants’ healthy and safety.
The CA Department of Consumer Affairs publishes guidelines on landlords responsibility for repairs to make sure the property does not violate the terms and the condition outlined in the definition of the “habitable” rental unit.
There are many defects and conditions that could get your rental property tagged as uninhabitable. If conditions outlined below are lacking or insufficient, your Los Gatos rental property could be red-tagged as legally uninhabitable:
1) Effective waterproofing and weather protection of roof and exterior walls, including unbroken windows and doors.
2) Plumbing facilities in good working order, including hot and cold running water, connected to a sewage disposal system.
3) Gas facilities in good working order.
4) Heating facilities in good working order.
5) An electric system, including lighting, wiring, and equipment, in good working order.
6) Clean and sanitary buildings, grounds, and appurtenances (for example, a garden or a detached garage), free from debris, filth, rubbish, garbage, rodents, and vermin.
8) Adequate trash receptacles in good repair.
9) Floors, stairways, and railings in good repair.
Given the long list of repair conditions that the State requires, it might be a smart idea to commit to regular inspections so you are not surprised when you receive code enforcement violation notices from the City governments.