Understanding California Landlord Responsibilities Regarding Window Treatments

If you own rental properties in California, you know that there are strict guidelines that landlords must follow. You also probably know that there is a lot of misinformation out there, particularly when it comes to the features and amenities landlords are required to provide. One hot subject among tenants and landlords in California is window treatments, especially in warm and sunny San Jose. To help clear the air, here is a look at your responsibility as a landlord regarding window treatments.

California Landlord Window Treatment Law

The Letter of the Law

While landlords generally provide window coverings in the form of blinds or drapes for windows in rental properties, the law does not require that landlords provide such treatments. The only thing required of landlords pertaining to windows is that they provide tenants with unbroken window panes and intact window screens for each window in the rental property. In other words, anything that goes above and beyond adequate protection from the elements is an act of kindness on the landlord's part. If you do decide to provide window treatments for your tenants, be sure to include a clause in the lease that prohibits any alteration to the rental property without your permission.

Additional Considerations

While California's habitability laws do not require landlords to install or pay for window treatments in rental properties, there are some advantages to doing so anyways. For starters, window treatments will protect wood and carpet floors from becoming sun-bleached over time. Window coverings will also provide additional security, which will keep tenants safe and reduce the chances that the property is vandalized during periods of vacancy. Window treatments can also make your rental properties more appealing to potential tenants.

Whether you own a single rental property or an entire apartment complex, you can find affordable and stylish window treatments by working with Building Contractors of San Jose.

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