My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: California
I recently signed another lease in my apartment complex in February 2008 and it's a 6-month lease. I moved in to the complex in April 2007 and this lease was due to moving into another unit within the complex. Not only did we need a bigger place, but our neighbors were noisy and definitely involved in illegal activity. I believe they moved in around September or October 2007. When we called security, they told us they had no one in the area to respond to our concerns.
We moved to a completely different area of the complex. During our initial viewing, the apartment smelled horribly of smoke. They agreed to replace the carpet for us and we accepted. Two months later, we still have some areas of the apartment that stink of smoke, smoking neighbors, and many maintenance issues. In fact, maintenance has been to our apartment almost every week since we moved in, sometimes to fix several problems at a time. Maintenance has been there so much that we initially were not comfortable with them responding to issues while we were not home, however there are so many requests, we simply cannot be home for all of them. Also, we had one neighbor that was noisy and was definitely involved in illegal activities. As soon as she was evicted, someone else moved in (a different neighboring unit) who also throws party and is very noisy. During a response from maintenance, he told us the amount of drug use in the complex has recently increased.
Do we have a legal reason to break the lease due to noisy neighbors, criminal activity confirmed by maintenance, and problems with the apartment?