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arvind, Home Buyer in Los Altos, CA

I am looking to rent a townhouse. Can the landlord have a $70 deductible for repairs ?

Asked by arvind, Los Altos, CA Wed May 28, 2014

The lanlord wants to add an addedum that says that they will only pay for repairs over and above $70 and I am responsible for the first $70. Is that legal in California ?

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There has been an increasing in claims by the tenants that they are entitled to get repairs often without landlord or property manager's approval. It costs money to send someone over investigate the problem. This deductible is to protect owners to think twice before acting upon themselves.

All the best,
Sam Shueh
Keller Wms Realty
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 16, 2014
Yes, I just leased an apartment and her deductible was $50. Anything over $50, the landlord would take care of. Anything less, she was responsible.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 15, 2014
Hello arvind, I guess it is up to you if you want to rent the place but here is a link to a brochure to the Inland Mediation Board which is a free legal advice service for landlord and tenant rights. Give them a call and let us know what they say and keep us posted on the outcome. Good luck.

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