California State Laws Affecting Tenants in Domestic Violence Situations

Here are California rules protecting tenants who are victims of domestic violence.

California extends special protections to tenants who are victims of domestic violence. Here are some of the domestic violence (DV) laws that apply to tenants:

  • Landlord entitled to proof of DV status
  • Landlord cannot refuse to rent to the victim of DV
  • Landlord cannot terminate a victim of DV
  • Early termination right for DV victim
  • DV is an affirmative defense to an eviction lawsuit
  • DV victim has the right to have the locks changed
  • Landlord by bifurcate the lease, which means that the landlord may evict the abuser, but not the victim of the domestic violence
  • Landlord has limited right to evict the DV victim.

Check the California statute (Cal. Civ. Code § §â

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