Can you break a lease for rats?

Table of contents:

  1. Can you break a lease for rats?
  2. Are landlords responsible for rat infestation?
  3. Can I withhold rent because of rats in California?
  4. How long can your landlord leave you without hot water?
  5. What can I do if my landlord won't fix things?

Can you break a lease for rats?

Yes you can break the lease but not legally. You can move out but you still owe the money for the remaining time and you would be in violation of you contract. This does not make the place uninhabitable.

Are landlords responsible for rat infestation?

Yes. According to the California Department of Consumer Affairs, landlords or property managers must keep their buildings in livable condition. A current or ongoing pest infestation—including an infestation of rodents, insects, birds, or any other type of pest—will render your property uninhabitable.

Can I withhold rent because of rats in California?

The law does not hold landlords accountable for problems that they were not aware of or for problems that would not have been disclosed by a reasonable inspection. ... This means the tenant must tell the landlord of the rat problem in the apartment.

How long can your landlord leave you without hot water?

Anything more than two days can be interpreted as a hazard to the tenant's health and therefore a serious breach in the tenancy agreement. Lack of hot water is an emergency regardless of the season.

What can I do if my landlord won't fix things?

Options If Your Landlord Refuses to Make Repairs

  1. Withhold Rent. One way to get your landlord to fix bad conditions is to withhold all or some of your rent until the landlord actually makes the repairs. ...
  2. Repair and Deduct. ...
  3. Organize. ...
  4. Break Your Lease. ...
  5. Go to Court.