The California Civil Code provides a list of the minimum standards of habitability that landlords must provide their tenants. Keep in mind that this is a bare-bones minimum baseline, since other areas of state and local law provide additional requirements. Here is a breakdown of the Civil Code requirements:
- Effectively water proofed roof and walls;
- Unbroken windows and exterior doors;
- Adequate plumbing and gas;
- Adequate hot-and-cold water system;
- Adequate heating;
- Sanitary premises;
- Adequate garbage disposal;
- Safe floors, stairs, and railings;
- A lockable mailbox for each unit;
- Dead bolted entry doors;
- Lockable windows; and
- Lockable doors leading to common areas of multifamily homes.
Again, this list represents a bare-bones minimum set of requirements, and the Code and corresponding case law elaborates considerably upon these requirements. If you are uncertain of your legal obligations, please contact me for a consultation.