Understanding Tenant Disclosures

5 things landlords must disclose to prospective CA tenants

Registered Sex Offenders Database 

  • CA requires landlords to notify applicants of a database specifying where sex offenders live, therefore ensuring potential tenants can research areas themselves. (Cal. Civ. Code § 2079.10a.)

Ordnance Locations

  • Landlords must disclose if the property’s within one mile of a former federal/state ordnance (Cal. Civ. Code 1940.7).

Toxic Mold

  • If units contain toxic mold, this information must be included in a written disclosure. In other words, CA Health & Safety Code requires this if there are health threats (Cal. Health & Safety Code § 26147).
  • Landlords are responsible for providing tenants a consumer handbook by the State Department of Health Services. Above all, this handbook details potential exposure risks. (Cal. Health & Safety Code § 26148).

Methamphetamine Contaminated Property

  • For instance, landlords must provide tenants written disclosure if the property was contaminated by methamphetamine, and is subject to a remediation order. However, tenants must acknowledge in writing before signing. In addition, failure to disclose information gives tenants rights to void agreements. (Cal. Health & Safety Code § 25400.28).

Death on Premises

  • Landlords must disclose if deaths occurred on the property within 3 years of the agreement, however, not the cause. (Cal. Civ. Code § 1710.2).

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