Who's responsibility is it to take out the trash? Is it the landlord or the tenant?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lucky Star Realty

In Crescent City, CA, a new Ordinance has been passed that puts landlords responsible for the trash that accumulates in rental properties, even though the trash came from the tenants.  This law seems unfair to landlords as tenants can take advantage of this and not take care of their own trash. 

Here is a link to an artical about concerns from the landlords:


So are the landlords' concerns valid?  There has to be a balance for this between the tenants and landlords as to who is responsible. 


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Thavisak "Lucky" Syphanthong, Broker

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Comments (2)

J. Philip Faranda
J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY - Briarcliff Manor, NY

This strikes me as a bad law. People should be responsible for taking out their own garbage. Should landlords also make their bed and flush their toilets too? I'd write it in the lease to circumvent this. 

Oct 15, 2009 08:18 PM
Thavisak Lucky Syphanthong
Lucky Star Realty - Crescent City, CA
Yes, I agree. Landlords should monitor their properties and inform the tenents, but they should not get all the blame since it is the tenants' solid wastes, not the landlords.
Oct 15, 2009 09:02 PM