I am very sorry to hear this; fortunately CA has very good tenant protection laws. For example,
Every lease has an implied warranty of habilitability, and an implied warranty of quiet use and enjoyment.
Under the "implied warranty of habitability," the landlord is legally responsible for repairing conditions that seriously affect the rental unit's habitability; the landlord must repair substantial defects in the unit and ensure compliance with state and local building and health codes. The idea is that it is a safe living environment. However, the landlord is not responsible under the implied warranty of habitability for repairing damages that were caused by the tenant or the tenant's family, guests, or pets.
The implied covenant of quiet use and enjoyment means that the tenant is entitled to the peaceful use of the premises.
These are implied in every lease and cannot be waived.
Violation of these covenants/warranties constitute "constructive eviction"
The landlord can be responsible for the cost of relocating, plus the difference in rent between this apartment and a replacement apartment. Water and heat are deemed necessary in order to make a place habitable.
You can print this out and show it to the landlord; if they fail to comply an attorney can be contacted to help resolve the matter. The court has discretion to award the tenant attorney fees and costs.
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