August 1, 2017
Dear resident find 2 notices regarding trash and general sanitation from the government. All tenants must follow this rules or you will be in violation of County and City sanitation , health and ground water codes
URGENT YOU MUST TAKE YOUR TRASH BIN TO THE CURB FOR PICK UP AND RETURN UNDER LAW
LOS ANGELES COUNTY TRASH RESPONSIBILITY ORDINANCE TO
PREVENT ILLEGAL DUMPING AND PROTECT GROUNDWATER
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS SHEET
What if I do not own property, but I am renting?
Many apartment owners provide trash collection services for renters and this monthly fee is included in the rent payment. However, some owners leave this responsibility to the renters. Whether you are an owner or renter, you are responsible for ensuring that trash is collected once a week.
A tenant must take reasonable care of the rented property and common areas, such as hallways. This means that the tenant must keep those areas in good condition. A tenant also must repair all damage that he or she causes, or that is caused by the tenants' guests, children or pets. California Civil Code section 1941.2 requires the tenant to do all of the following:
- 1. a) Keep the premises "as clean and sanitary as the condition of the premises permits."
- 2. b) Use and operate gas, electrical and plumbing fixtures properly. (Examples of improper use include overloading electrical outlets, flushing large, foreign objects down the toilet, allowing any gas, electrical or plumbing fixture to become filthy.)
- 3. c) Dispose of trash and garbage in a clean and sanitary manner.
- 4. d) Not destroy, damage, or deface the premises, or allow anyone else to do so.
- 5. e) Not remove any part of the structure, dwelling unit, facilities, equipment or appurtenances, or allow anyone else to do so.
- 6. f) Use the premises as a place to live, and use the rooms for their proper purposes. For example, the bedroom must be used as a bedroom and notas a kitchen.
- 7. g) Notify the landlord when deadbolt locks and window locks or security devices do not operate properly.
If the tenant does not perform these duties and causes the property to become uninhabitable, the tenant cannot require the landlord to repair the property to make it habitable.
Similarly, the tenant cannot require the landlord to repair the property if the tenant substantially interferes with the landlord's ability to repair defects (for example, by not allowing the landlord's electrician to enter the apartment to fix faulty wiring).
In addition, the landlord is not obligated to repair damage caused by the tenant's own carelessness (for example, a toilet that will not flush because the tenant's child flushed a sock down it).
This Legal Guide is only a summary of landlords' and tenants' rights and responsibilities in this area. For more complete information, including, a discussion of tenants' remedies, please consult California Tenants – A Guide to Residential Tenants' and Landlords' Rights and Responsibilities.
NOTICE: We strive to make our Legal Guides accurate as of the date of publication, but they are only guidelines and not definitive statements of the law. Questions about the law's application to particular cases should be directed to a specialist.
Prepared by Legal Services Unit, June 1996. Updated May 2012.
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