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Avoid Costly Problems: Habitability Issues and Ways to Stay Within the Law

Last Updated: April 25, 2024By


Presented by Green Zuru and Real Estate Transition Solutions

California law’s implied warranty of habitability requires a landlord to keep the premises in a condition fit for the occupation of human beings. Landlords must substantially comply with housing and building codes/standards that materially affect a tenant’s safety and health.

Ever wonder if you must address a tenant complaint or how long you have before you must address the issue? Do you have a constant complainer, and are attempted to send back a scathing email (Don’t do it!)? Do you document how you address your tenant complaints or wondering about best practices on how to do so? If you want to learn the answers to these and so many other questions, then this is the seminar for YOU.


  • How long does a rental housing provider have to address an issue?
  • What is the best way to respond to a tenant request or complaint? Learn Patti’s “FOGGING” techniques
  • What is considered an unlivable condition in California? What are the requirements for habitability?
  • What are uninhabitable conditions? Does your property have lead paint, mold, unsanitary conditions, improper ventilation, a gas or sewage leak, pest infestations and bacteria causing illness such as Legionnaire’s Disease?
  • Documentation, documentation and more documentation. Protect yourself from liability by being able to prove how timely and well you’ve addressed maintenance and habitability issues.

GUEST SPEAKER: Patti Widget, Property Management Expert, Widget’s Way

Patti “Widget” has nearly 25 years of experience as a regional property manager.  Patti teaches a wide range of classes on property management topics; she is a keynote speaker on property management and housing issues and has published numerous articles for apartment associations. Patti is a repeat guest speaker at UCLA. She also holds various certifications in the industry related to her field, such as a CA licensed Real Estate Broker, CCRM, lead based paint certified renovator from the EPA, Fair Housing and more.


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