Is there a law regarding receiving a copy of your lease?

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Is there a law regarding receiving a copy of your lease?

We lived with roommates and were only given one copy which they have. We have asked for our own copy repeatedly, via phone and in writing, only to be told no, we couldn’t have a copy. Is there anything we can do to get a copy? Is there any law they are breaking by not giving us a copy?

Asked on May 8, 2012 under Real Estate Law, California

Answers:

Madan Ahluwalia / Ahluwalia Law P. C.

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Yes, there is a law that requires your landlord to give you a copy of your lease agreement.  The landlord is required to give the tenant a copy of the lease agreement within 15 days of its execution.  For further reading, see California Civil Code Section 1962 et. seq.  You may want to consider sending a written request by certified mail to your landlord citing the relevant portions of the code.  Good luck!


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