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Required Landlord – Tenant Disclosures in a Rental Lease Agreement
California Residential Lease disclosures are meant to provide health and safety insights to potential tenants regarding the rental property. California state laws require that the landlord must disclose this information before a tenant signs a rental agreement. Failure to do so may result in the landlord facing criminal charges for violating the law.
These disclosures sometimes also improve the landlord tenant trust which in turn can prove in a long-term real estate deal.
There are many disclosures under California law, however, most of the disclosures therein are conditional. The following are some of the lease agreement disclosures that should be given for all units.
The following disclosures are conditional, therefore, relevant and required only when they apply to the units/property in question:
There are other additional disclosures such as water sub-metering, drug contamination (site of a drug lab and is still contaminated with methamphetamine or fentanyl), and asbestos (for buildings built before 1979) that the landlord can disclose if they relate to their units.
California landlords should disclose relevant information to their prospective tenants without violating the federal and state laws and avoid having legal disputes with their tenants.