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I rent a single family home in California. There is no ...

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I rent a single family home in California. There is no telephone line to the home. Isn't the landlord responsible for providing a working telephone line? I don't expect them to pay for my phone service, of course, but do I have to pay to have the wiring brought into the house from the street?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  NOT LEGAL ADVICE! replied 9 years ago.

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Generally speaking, a landlord is required to provide a tenant with a safe and habitable dwelling. Unfortunately, these terms are open to quite a bit of subjective interpretation. In most situations, "habitable" means that the property is protected from the elements is free from hazards, and has heat and hot water. There is no specific legal requirement that a landlord must provide telephone wiring to a home. However, because telephone wiring would be of added value to the home, you may want to negotiate with the landlord to split the fees equitably.

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