California Civil Code section 1942.1 requires the landlord to maintain the building in a habitable condition. The landlord must also repair any uninhabitable condition, install dead bolts on doors, a telephone jack with wiring, window locks, and comply with various fire codes.
The landlord is not the only person responsible for the condition of the property, however. The tenant must maintain the premises and dispose of all trash, operate all fixtures correctly, not damage the property, and use the property as a home. Civil Code 1929 also says that tenants must repair any damage that they cause to the property.
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