I own a rental in California,
also am exempt from California AB1482. I perform periodic general
inspections on my rental in order to change the furnace filter (because I can't
rely on the tenants to do it), check sink cabinets for leaks, test smoke/CO alarms,
and ensure that the property is being reasonably maintained.
I just came across an article written in 2018 that says CA landlords have
limited rights to perform inspections, quoting: "Although some
states allow landlords to enter their rental properties to conduct general
inspections, California is not one of them...Unless an emergency occurs...to
make needed repairs or to show the home to a prospective renter or buyer..."
Can anyone validate the accuracy of this information? During my most
recent inspection, I found several deficiencies in maintenance due to neglect
(surface maintenance that was explicitly noted in the contract), a problem with
the furnace due to tenant oversight, and a problem with a light fixture that I
need to take care of.
I was getting ready to ask the tenant to rectify the cleaning issues that go
beyond normal W&T and qualify as neglect, but am now afraid I'm not legally
able to even do an inspection or require the tenant to correct the deficiencies???