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Tenant Background Checks and Your Rights

Are you looking for a new place to live or about to renew your lease? If so, you may want to know that a landlord, property manager, or other housing provider may ask a tenant background check company — also called a tenant screening company — to put together a report about you and other members of your household. That’s called a tenant background check, resident screening report, or tenant screening report. Landlords often use these reports to decide whether to rent to you. This article includes information about tenant background checks and your rights related to them.

Financial Literacy Resource Webinar - Consumer Protection and Scams!

This webinar discusses strategies for financial literacy and resources available to California consumers.

California is clearing criminal records — including violent crimes — to offer second chances

A new law allows expungement of felony convictions for which the defendant was sentenced to prison. This article describes the state of the law.

California Minimum Wage

The minimum wage in California, effective January 1, 2024, is $16.00/hour for all employers. Fast Food Restaurant employers, effective April 1, 2024, and Healthcare Facility employers, effective June 1, 2024, will have a higher minimum wage. Some cities have higher minimum wages.

California Paid Sick Leave Update

There are new requirements for employees to have paid sick leave.

Debt Settlement Traps!

This .pdf resource shares what to know before you hire a debt settlement company.

Child Custody Basics

This webpage has basic information about California laws around child custody, what the courts are looking for in your documents, what the process looks like, and enforcing your orders. Start here!

Eviction Response Tool

This webpage walks you through preparing an Answer in your eviction case. To file, go to your court as soon as possible. This website is a free public tool that will help you fill out the Answer paperwork. It will also submit your Answer to the court if you are low-income and qualify for a court “fee waiver.” Seek the advice of an attorney as soon as possible!

New California Housing Laws in 2024

This article has information on new laws coming into effect in 2024 including laws on evictions for renovation, security deposits, and ADUs.

Know Your Rights as a California Tenant: Evictions

As a tenant, knowing your rights is critical. You may be protected from certain types of evictions, and you may be able to prevent an eviction by fixing the issue identified in an eviction notice. Act quickly—do not ignore notices or court papers, and seek legal help as soon as possible. Evictions can move fast, and you could lose a court case automatically if you take too long to act. Seek advice from an attorney to find out how these rights apply in your situation!

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