California Civil Code Section 1942 provides tenants with several options when landlords are given notice about needed repairs and do not make the repairs in a timely manner. Tenants may make the repairs themselves and deduct the cost from their rent, move out and cancel the lease, or withhold rent if the repairs would cost more than the rent. What is a reasonable time period will depend on the repair that is needed.
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