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Substandard Housing

Due to California’s housing shortage, it has become common for housing providers to rent unpermitted rental units to California renter, an illegal practice. Many cities have enacted municipal laws providing for specific remedies for substandard housing. In San Jose, a landlord that seeks to terminate a tenancy of an unpermitted rental unit must pay relocation assistance to the tenant, the amount of which depends on the number of rooms in the unpermitted unit and whether the tenant household includes elders, persons with disabilities or children.