This is in response to the Apartment Life item "Tenant May Deduct Repair From Rent" (Sept. 24) by Kevin Postema. I wish to clarify his answer on the issue of California's repair and deduct statute.
Contrary to the stated response, California Civil Code Section 1942 does limit the number of times a tenant may exercise this procedure: " . . . This remedy shall not be available to the tenant more than twice in any 12-month period."
The law was most recently amended in 1979. I hope that you will print some form of clarification such that both tenants and landlords will not have a problem resulting from this issue.
Narevsky is an attorney.