County of Los Angeles
Department of Consumer Affairs
New Consumer Laws 2012
Domestic Violence Victims: Have more time to end tenancy
AB 588 - Chapter 16 - Civil Codež1946.7
Effective January 1, 2012
Summary: Extends the period of time from 60 days to 180 days for a tenant to notify their landlord of their intention to terminate a lease because they are victims of domestic violence.
Background: California legislation in 2008 allowed tenants to terminate their lease if they provided proof to the landlord of a restraining order or written report by a peace officer alleging that the tenant is a victim of domestic violence or stalking. Under previous law, the victim was required to provide a copy of a police report or restraining order to the landlord within 60 days.
The New Law: Extends the period in which a tenant who is a victim of domestic violence or stalking may terminate their tenancy from 60 to 180 days after the date of a protective/restraining order or written report by police officer. Tenants must still provide written notice to terminate tenancy.
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County of Los Angeles Department of Consumer Affairs
B-96 Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 W. Temple Street * Los Angeles, CA 90012-2706
Telephone (800) 593-8222 (within the County) * (213) 974-1452