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Legal Information – Some Rights & Responsibilities:
Renting a place to live enters you and your landlord (or manager) into a specific legal relationship. It is established by the California Civil Code and in various local Rent Control Ordinances.
Your lease or rental agreement is a written contract, which generally explains the tenant’s (your) and landlord’s (or manager’s) rights and duties to each other more specifically. Keep a copy of your original agreement intact and available for reference in case any problems come up.
If your lease or rental agreement is not in full accord with the law, you do not waive any of your legal rights as a tenant. For example, it is illegal for a landlord to charge a “non-refundable cleaning fee or key charge” by California State Law. Tenants must always be given the option of performing some task, such as cleaning, in order to get deposited money back.
State law insures tenants’ right to privacy. Your landlord cannot enter your home without advance notice, and only during reasonable times, except for emergencies.
Some precautions you can take:
- Read everything.
- Get a full receipt for all initial money transactions (deposit, first and last month’s rent).
- Be sure you really want the place before you put any money down.
- Only pay “reasonable” application fees ($20-50). These fees can only be charged to cover actual costs, not to supplement a landlord’s or manager’s income.
- Sign a roommate contract. If you’re left high and dry by someone you thought your could trust, this can provide a basis for going to court, if necessary.
- Get renter’s insurance! Most policies will insure your belongings against theft and fire. Some will even cover losses incurred off-premises.
Being a good neighbor:
Be aware that there are noise ordinances, and serious risks when entertaining with alcohol. Get to know and be respectful of your neighbors. These are two ways to gain their respect and insure a positive living environment for everyone.
Information from the LAWDP
Don't forget to turn on your electrical service with LAWDP. It's easy to do by visitingwww.ladwp.com/customerservice .
All you will need is your new address, your Social Security number, Driver's License number, phone numbers, and an email address.
If you've had service with LAWDP in the past year, please also have that account information available.
Useful tools to download and print:
- Phone: (323) 259-2531
- Facebook: ResedOxy
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org