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Understanding Basic Tenant Rights in California

Tenants often have questions about their rights when it comes to the terms and conditions of their lease as well as what happens during an eviction. A Santa Ana eviction attorney can fully advise about the particulars of specific case, but here are some general guidelines.

Laws That Protect Tenants During the Leasing Process

As a Santa Ana eviction attorney can explain, state and federal law prohibits discrimination in housing. Generally speaking, a landlord cannot discriminate a prospective tenant based on race, gender, nationality, religion, etc. This protection also applies to conditions during the lease. Your attorney can explain other laws that apply to rental and security deposit amounts as well as truth in renting.

A Tenant’s Rights in the Eviction Process

If a tenant violates a term of the lease or fails to pay rent, this will subject him or her to an eviction action by the landlord. However, the landlord must follow statutory procedures. For example, a tenant has a right to written notification of the lease violation or the amount of rent past due. He/she is then given a set period of days to cure the problem before the landlord can actually take them to court. Landlords are not allowed to engage in self-help evictions. They may not evict a tenant by verbally telling them to leave or by changing the locks without following proscribed written procedures. If you receive notice of an eviction, contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options.

For more information, set up an consultation with a seasoned Santa Ana eviction lawyer at the offices of Schiff & Shelton, Attorneys at Law. Call 949) 417-2211.

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