Code Limits Tenant

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.

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