Homeownership

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If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.

Read about where to file your lawsuit or case. Information on jurisdiction and venue.

What should a tenant do if his or her apartment needs repairs? Can a landlord force a tenant to move? How many days notice does a tenant have to give a landlord before the tenant moves? Can a landlord raise a tenant’s rent? California Tenants—A Guide to Residential Tenants’ and Landlords’ Rights and Responsibilities answers these questions and many others.

This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.

Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.

ADR is usually less formal, less expensive, and less time-consuming than a trial.

The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.

How to figure out the market value.

A "utility allowance" is an amount federally subsidized tenants receive to help pay for reasonable utility bills.

These databases enable homeowner and automobile insurers to exchange information - without notice to you unless your state requires notice - about claims for loss of property.

Information about fraudulent foreclosure rescue scams and where to find help.

Your rights when dealing with bad home equity loans.

What should my first steps be? What does the Additional Living Expense (ALE) part of my policy cover? Will my insurer cover the cost if I live in a trailer during reconstruction? Who is responsible for clearing the debris from my lot and is that covered under my policy? How can I get a fair claim settlement? What are my legal rights in California? The insurance company will only pay according to its "pricing guidelines"?

It"s very likely that a mortgage servicer that files for bankruptcy will sell its assets under the supervision of the bankruptcy court to another financial institution and transfer the servicing of your loan to another company. A mortgage servicer that simply goes out of business probably would transfer the servicing of your loan to another company as well.

A guide to avoiding contractor scams and contacting the CSLB.

A step-by-step guide on what to do when your lender changes your home equity line of credit.

How to protect your home and your equity.

In today"s market, loans and the rights to service them often are bought and sold.

Info about how reverse mortgages work, types of reverse mortgages available, and how to get the best deal on a reverse mortgage.

Your rights to cancel after signing a contract.

Complaints within the board's jurisdiction involve failure of a licensed contractor to fulfill the terms of an agreement.

If you suspect that your application was illegally denied.

What to do if a mechanics lien has been recorded on your property.

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The Buying a Home Leader?s Guide provides detailed information, written in question-and-answer format, to help teach potential homebuyers how to navigate the often complex process of purchasing a home. The guide covers such topics as how to choose a real estate professional, how to qualify for a mortgage, and what is involved in the settlement (closing) process. It also explains unfamiliar terms and provides tips and suggestions to help the purchase process go more smoothly.

The comprehensive guide to making purchases and dealing with companies.

The video guides consumers through the process of selecting, hiring and managing a contractor including: how to verify a contractor's credentials, what to include in the written contract How to prevent common disputes, and where to go if problems arise.

CalHFA offers below-market interest rate first mortgage programs and a variety of down payment assistance programs to eligible first-time homebuyers.

The Homeowners Insurance Comparison Tool provides assistance for those shopping for homeowners, condominium, renters, or earthquake coverages.

Housing counselors throughout the country can provide advice on buying a home, renting, defaults, foreclosures, and credit issues.

The Section 203(h) program allows the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to insure mortgages made by qualified lenders to victims of a major disaster who have lost their homes and are in the process of rebuilding or buying another home.

The Office of the Attorney General has limited, discretionary authority to intervene on behalf of homeowners who are denied certain prescribed rights provided by the California Corporations Code.

Section 203(k) insurance enables homebuyers and homeowners to finance both the purchase (or refinancing) of a house and the cost of its rehabilitation through a single mortgage or to finance the rehabilitation of their existing home.

The purpose of this booklet is to provide basic information about using the services of a mortgage broker, which may assist you in making an informed decision when seeking a home loan

Many home warranties are backed by the builder; others are purchased by the builder from an independent company that assumes responsibility for certain claims.