California Civil Code Section 1941.1
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1941.1. (a) A dwelling shall be deemed untenantable for purposes of
Section 1941 if it substantially lacks any of the following
affirmative standard characteristics or is a residential unit
described in Section 17920.3 or 17920.10 of the Health and Safety
(1) Effective waterproofing and weather protection of roof and
exterior walls, including unbroken windows and doors.
(2) Plumbing or gas facilities that conformed to applicable law in
effect at the time of installation, maintained in good working
(3) A water supply approved under applicable law that is under the
control of the tenant, capable of producing hot and cold running
water, or a system that is under the control of the landlord, that
produces hot and cold running water, furnished to appropriate
fixtures, and connected to a sewage disposal system approved under
(4) Heating facilities that conformed with applicable law at the
time of installation, maintained in good working order.
(5) Electrical lighting, with wiring and electrical equipment that
conformed with applicable law at the time of installation,
maintained in good working order.
(6) Building, grounds, and appurtenances at the time of the
commencement of the lease or rental agreement, and all areas under
control of the landlord, kept in every part clean, sanitary, and free
from all accumulations of debris, filth, rubbish, garbage, rodents,
(7) An adequate number of appropriate receptacles for garbage and
rubbish, in clean condition and good repair at the time of the
commencement of the lease or rental agreement, with the landlord
providing appropriate serviceable receptacles thereafter and being
responsible for the clean condition and good repair of the
receptacles under his or her control.
(8) Floors, stairways, and railings maintained in good repair.
(9) A locking mail receptacle for each residential unit in a
residential hotel, as required by Section 17958.3 of the Health and
Safety Code. This subdivision shall become operative on July 1, 2008.
(b) Nothing in this section shall be interpreted to prohibit a
tenant or owner of rental properties from qualifying for a utility
energy savings assistance program, or any other program assistance,
for heating or hot water system repairs or replacement, or a
combination of heating and hot water system repairs or replacements,
that would achieve energy savings.
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