2009 California Civil Code - Section 1955-1959 :: Chapter 3. Hiring Of Personal Property

SECTION 1955-1959

1955.  Except as otherwise agreed by the lessor and the lessee in
lease agreements for a term of more than 20 days, one who leases
personal property must deliver it to the lessee, secure his or her
quiet enjoyment thereof against all lawful claimants, put it into a
condition fit for the purpose for which he or she leases it, and
repair all deteriorations thereof not occasioned by the fault of the
lessee and not the natural result of its use.

1956.  Except as otherwise agreed by the lessor and lessee, a lessee
of personal property must bear all such expenses concerning it as
might naturally be foreseen to attend it during its use by him or
her, and all other expenses must be borne by the lessor.

1957.  If a lessor fails to fulfill his or her obligations, as
prescribed by Section 1955, the lessee, after giving him or her
notice to do so, if the notice can conveniently be given, may expend
any reasonable amount necessary to make good the lessor's default,
and may recover such amount from him or her.

1958.  At the expiration of the term for which personal property is
leased, the lessee must return it to the lessor at the place
contemplated by the parties at the time of leasing; or, if no
particular place was so contemplated by them, at the place at which
it was at that time.

1959.  The contract by which a ship is let is termed a charter
party. By it the owner may either let the capacity or burden of the
ship, continuing the employment of the owner's master, crew, and
equipments, or may surrender the entire ship to the charterer, who
then provides them himself. The master or a part owner may be a

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