Tenant Rights to Have a Waterbed in California

Learn whether California landlords can prohibit waterbeds.

Question

My California tenant wants to have a waterbed in her apartment. I’d rather not allow this, but can I prohibit waterbeds in rental units?

Answer

Whether you can refuse your tenant’s waterbed request depends on the age of your building. If your rental property is more than 40 years old (built before January, 1973, you may legally refuse to rent to a tenant who has a waterbed. But if the building was constructed after 1973, you may have to allow your tenant to have a waterbed. Under state law in California (CC §â

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