In order for a California landlord to rent property to a tenant, both parties will have to agree to one of the following lease forms that allow for the occupying of property in exchange for rent. In all lease agreements signed the landlord must disclose the following:
The name, address, and telephone number of the authorized manager of the rental property and an owner (or an agent of the owner) who is authorized to receive legal notices for the owner. (This information can be posted conspicuously in the building instead of being disclosed in the rental agreement or lease.)
The name, address, and telephone number of the person or entity to whom rent payments must be made. If you may make your rent payment in person, the agreement or lease must state the usual days and hours that rent may be paid in person. Or, the document may state the name, street address, and account number of the financial institution where rent payments may be made (if it is within five miles of the unit) or information necessary to establish an electronic funds transfer for paying the rent.
The form in which rent payments must be made (for example, by check or money order). As a general rule, the landlord cannot require that you make rent payments in cash. (See Living in the Rental Unit, Check or Cash)