Pittsburg Tenant Attorney
Providing Legal Representation For Tenants in Contra Costa County
Renting property comes with responsibilities, to be sure, but it also comes with rights. Our Pittsburg tenant lawyer can help protect renters and ensure a landlord's legal obligations are being met. We have a deep understanding of applicable law at the state and local level and proper procedure. We provide guidance and representation on issues that range from lease agreements, evictions, rent disputes, security deposit claims and more. We are committed to fighting for the justice that you deserve from landlords.
You’ll get personal service, diligent preparation, and aggressive advocacy when you become a client of the Law Office of Conrad J. Kuyawa.
Are you looking for experienced representation to help keep your landlord accountable? Call the Law Office of Conrad J. Kuyawa today at (925) 230-0515 or reach out online to arrange for a consultation with our tenant lawyer in Pittsburg.
The rights of a tenant may be spelled out in a lease agreement, but even if they are not, there are certain basic rights that come with renting a property in the state of California. Tenants have rights that include the following:
Safe & Habitable Conditions
The landlord is obligated to maintain reasonable upkeep of the property. Examples certainly include maintaining the plumbing, electricity, and other necessities of habitable housing. It’s also incumbent on the landlord to maintain locks, alarms, and anything else that a reasonable person would consider necessary to live in safety. Other regulations in this area include mandatory notices for lead-based paint use, bed bug infestation, and mold, among others.
Federal and state laws prohibit any form of discrimination in housing based on race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and gender. Violations of these laws may include being denied the opportunity to rent. It can also include general treatment that is less than what other paying tenants receive—i.e., a pattern of behavior of being late with repairs for one tenant but not with others. Disability laws also require landlords to make reasonable accommodations to allow disabled tenants to more fully enjoy the property they are paying to rent.
Landlords cannot arbitrarily raise rent anytime they wish. Rent can be increased just once a year. Furthermore, state law in California prohibits that increase from being any higher than 5 percent plus the rate of inflation. There can also be local regulations on rent increases that are in addition to the state’s rent control policy. In our hometown of Pittsburg, there are no restrictions on rent increases beyond what the state mandates.
The landlord may not use a security deposit to pay for ordinary wear and tear. A deposit may only be used to pay for repairs caused by damage unique to that particular tenant. Security deposits can often be a contested issue, and a Pittsburg tenant attorney can help a client prepare by taking photos of the property upon departure as a means of proving the condition it was in.
Can I Sue My Landlord?
The ideal outcome to a dispute between tenant and landlord is a solution that is worked out before going to court. A Pittsburgh tenant lawyer who understands both law and procedure can be a valuable ally to a renter in taking the lead on negotiations and working out a fair settlement.
If an impasse is reached, we aren’t afraid to go to court and make our client’s case in front of a judge. We can advise on whether Housing Court or Small Claims Court is the most appropriate venue, and we’ll provide strong advocacy and representation.
Contact Our Tenant Lawyer in Pittsburg Today
If you're a tenant in California facing legal issues related to your tenancy, our experienced tenant lawyer in Pittsburg is here to help. Whether you're dealing with landlord-tenant disputes, eviction proceedings, or lease agreement disputes, we have the expertise to advise you through the legal process and protect your rights as a tenant. We're dedicated to providing exceptional service and reaching the best possible result for our clients. Contact the Law Office of Conrad J. Kuyawa today to schedule your consultation.
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