California Lease Rental Agreement Required Disclosures


The law requires landlords to make certain disclosures to tenants.  The timing of these disclosures (whether they need to be made prior to, during, or after the tenancy begins), varies depending on the disclosure.  Consult with an attorney.  The following is a list of some disclosures required to be made in California rental agreements.

  • Common utilities. The landlord must notify the tenant if gas or electric service that is provided through the tenant’s meter serves an area outside the tenant’s unit.
  • The landlord must disclose health hazards.
  • For residential property built before 1978, landlords should provide the tenant with a lead disclosure, and this notice should be signed by the tenant.
  • The name of the manager, agent for service of process, place of rent payment, and form of rent payment must be disclosed.
  • Any automatic renewal provision must be in at least an eight-point font, bold, and directly above the tenant’s signature line.
  • If the landlord plans to report on the tenant’s negative credit to a credit agency, this must be disclosed.
  • Landlords must disclose to a prospective tenant if someone died in the unit within the past 3 years.
  • A landlord must give written notice to tenants/prospective tenants if the landlord intends to demolish the unit.
  • If the landlord knows of any weapons or ammunition in the area, he or she must given written notice to a prospective tenant.
  • Landlords must provide a “Megan’s Law” disclosure.
  • A landlord must provide a tenant with notice regarding periodic pest control service, if the building receives periodic pest control services.
  • The landlord must disclose to a tenant if the building is contaminated by methamphetamine.

For a list of prohibited provisions in rental agreements, click here.

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