Lease requirements effective January 1, 2002
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California Civil Code section 1962 now requires leases to disclose:
- The name, address and phone number of each person authorized to manage the property and to receive services of process, notices, and demands. (An alternative is to post this information in at least two conspicuous places on the property. (Civ. Code §1962.5).)
- The name, address and phone number of the person designated to receive rent payments. (If this information is not provided, the tenant may pay rent to the person with whom they entered into the rental agreement.)
- The days and hours payments will be accepted if rent is to be paid in person.
Civil Code section 1962 also provides:
- Any form of rent payment (i.e., cash, check, money order) must be accepted unless the agreement specifies otherwise or the landlord has notified the tenant in writing that a particular type of payment is unacceptable.
- If the rent can only be paid by mail, then it is presumed paid on the date it is mailed, provided the tenant obtains a certificate of mailing from the post office.
- If rent is to be paid at a financial institution, the institution must be within 5 miles of the tenant's residence.
- A copy of the lease must be provided to the tenants within 15 days of the date it is signed.
- A copy of the lease may be requested once every calendar year. The landlord must provide a copy within 15 days of the date of the request
- If there is no lease, upon request, the landlord must provide a written statement that specifies the name, address and phone number of each person authorized to collect rent, manage the property and to receive services of process, notices, and demands. The statement must also state when and where rent can be paid.
Code of Civil Procedure section 1161(2) was amended to require 3-Day Notices to:
- Specify the rental amount due, and the name, address, and telephone number of the person to whom the rent should be paid; and
- Include the days and hours that rent will be accepted, if the payment may be personally delivered. If the address does not allow for personal delivery (i.e., P.O. Box), then the payment is presumed received on the date it is mailed, provided the tenant can show proof of mailing.
Link to courtesy forms (PDF) provided by the Rent Stabilization Board:
Information for Payment of Rent and Information for Service of Process, Notices and Demands