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TRANSLATION OF THE LEASE

     California Landlord Tenant Law in many respects is designed to protect potential tenants from the BIG BAD LANDLORD. Toward that end the legislature has required that if you negotiate the lease in a language different from English, you must provide the prospective tenant a written translation of the lease in the negotiation language and it must be signed before the tenant signs the English version. You and a tenant may negotiate primarily in Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese or Korean for the rental, lease. In this situation, you must give the tenant a written translation of the lease or rental agreement in the language used in the negotiation before the tenant signs it. This rule applies whether the negotiations are oral or in writing. The rule does not apply if the rental agreement is for one month or less. You must give the tenant the written translation of the lease or rental agreement whether or not the tenant requests it. The translation must include every term and condition in the lease or rental agreement, but may retain elements such as names, addresses, numerals, dollar amounts and dates in English. It is never sufficient for you to give the written translation of the lease or rental agreement to the tenant after the tenant has signed it. However, you are not required to give the tenant a written translation of the lease or rental agreement if all of the following are true:
  • The Spanish-, Chinese-, Tagalog-, Vietnamese-, or Korean-speaking tenant negotiated the rental agreement through his or her own interpreter; and
  • The tenant's interpreter is able to speak fluently and read with full understanding English, as well as Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese or Korean (whichever was used in the negotiation); and
  • The interpreter is Not a minor (under 18 years of age); and
  • The interpreter is not employed or made available by or through you.
If you are required to provide a written translation of a lease or rental agreement in one of these languages fail to do so, the tenant can rescind (cancel) the agreement.