I suggest you pull out your lease agreement and read if carefully as the terms of the rental agreement should be written and explained. I also suggest that any communications with the manager be in writing and you educate yourself on your rights. There is a great publication from the Department of Consumer Affairs called "California Tenants: A Guide to Residential Tenants' and Landlords' Rights and Responsiblities" You can access this at their website http://www.sca.ca.gov.
Marcie Sands, REALTOR
Simply The Best Real Estate Company, Inc.