California Rental Laws

California Rental Laws

Your Guide to California Rental Laws with helpful links and information for leases, rent, security deposits, tenant screening, real estate and government.

Official Website of the State of California

The United States Census Bureau estimates that the population of California was 38,802,500 on July 1, 2014, a 4.16% increase since the 2010 United States Census

The State of California has 58 counties

State Rules and Regulations

Important Lease Terms

Security Deposits

  • Amount: 2 Months unfurnished.  3 Months furnished
  • Return Deadline:  21 Days

Fees and Notice

Applications Fees: $44.51 in Year 2012, subject to CPI

Termination Notice:  3 Days

Tenant Rights to Withhold Rent: Can repair and deduct but not more than 1 month’s rent

Landlord Disclosures

Real Estate Links

Federal Government

  • Fair Credit Reporting Act:  Federal Government legislation which promotes the accuracy, fairness, and privacy of consumer information contained in the files of consumer reporting agencies.
  • Fair Housing Act:  The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying, or securing financing for any housing. The prohibitions specifically cover discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and the presence of children

Credit Reports

Tenant Screening

  • Counties covered:  Alameda ,Alpine ,Amador ,Butte ,Calaveras ,Colusa ,Contra Costa ,Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno ,Glenn, Humboldt ,Imperial ,Inyo ,Kern ,Kings ,Lake ,Lassen ,Los Angeles, Madera, Marin ,Mariposa, Mendocino ,Merced ,Modoc ,Mono ,Monterey ,Napa ,Nevada ,Orange, Placer Plumas, Riverside, Sacramento ,San Benito ,San Bernardino ,San Diego ,San Francisco ,San Joaquin ,San Luis Obispo ,San Mateo ,Santa Barbara ,Santa Clara ,Santa Cruz ,Shasta ,Sierra, Siskiyou ,Solano ,Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter ,Tehama ,Trinity ,Tulare ,Tuolumne ,Ventura, Yolo, Yuba
  • Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
  • Options for Tenant Screening Packages and Prices

Last Updated: April 7, 2020