Common Tenant Defenses to an Unlawful Detainer Eviction in California


Tenants will sometimes fight an unlawful detainer eviction case by raising a defense to the eviction. Some common tenant defenses to an unlawful detainer in California include:

  • Breach of the warranty of habitability. The landlord’s duty to provide a habitable property is independent of the tenant’s duty to pay rent. This means that the tenant’s failure to pay rent does not excuse the landlord from maintaining a habitable property.
  • Waiver of the notice to quit. This often happens when the landlord accepts rent after the notice expired.
  • Retaliation.
  • Landlord’s breach of the rental agreement.
  • Discrimination.
  • Violation of eviction or rent control ordinance.
  • Repair and deduct remedy.
  • Title is at issue.
  • Overpayment of rent.

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