Landlord and Tenant Issues

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

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

Even though California has ended most protections for renters due to COVID-19, as of October 1, 2021 renters still have important legal protections! This fact sheet covers key renter protections that could benefit you.

Oral agreements, harassment, notices, deposits, and repairs.

Information on statewide tenant's rights, COVID-19, eviction, harassment, habitability and repair, and more

Resources for tenants on eviction and harassment protections in Union City, CA.

Your rights as a tenant in San Diego County

Legal information, rental assistance and other resources for tenants in Alameda County

Information on eviction protection and tenant/landlord services in Antioch, CA

A guide to eviction protection, and rent relief programs for tenants impacted by COVID-19.

Introduction to what a tenants union is, and how to form one to fight for tenants' collective interests and rights.

These FAQ respond to landlord and tenant questions about eviction, security deposits, disputes, and more.

Application for Rental Assistance and information in King County for tenants and landlords

Information on eviction protections, rent relief, and other resources for tenants and homeowners in El Cerrito, CA

Know your rights information, rental assistance, eviction information and other resources.

Information on eviction protections, rental assistance and other resources for tenants in Richmond, CA

Resources and information for tenants in Hayward on COVID-19 rental relief, eviction, discrimination, and much more.

General resources for tenants in Emeryville, including resources on finding affordable housing, eviction support, and tenant rights.

Information on resources, rental assistance and eviction protections for tenants in San Pablo, CA

Information and resources for tenants and property owners in Emeryville impacted by COVID-19

A summary of protections and available resources for tenants impacted by COVID-19, including eviction support and rental assistance.

This resource provides information on housing, utility, food bank, and rental assistance in Tehama County.

Housing resources for renters impacted by COVID-19

Resources for tenants and property owners on rental assistance, affordable housing, tenants rights, discrimination, mortgage assistance, first time home ownership and more.

Resources for tenants and property owners in Dublin, CA on rent relief, tenants rights, mortgage assistance, and other services.

This is a tenant's rights guide for residents in Berkeley.

Answers to commonly asked questions around topics like evictions, tenants rights, discrimination, foreclosure and more.

General information and resources for renters, homeless residents, first-time homebuyers, and property owners in Newark, CA.

Information on the City of Fresno's rental assistance and eviction protection programs for tenants

Resources and information for tenants and landlords around fair housing, discrimination and other issues

Legal information for unhoused youth

General information for tenants whose housing is at risk.

Information for tenants in Del Norte County impacted by COVID-19

The law limits excessive rent, reasons for evictions, and rent increases.

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

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

Programs and resources, including rental assistance and eviction protections for tenants in Arcata.

This resource discusses a law that allows a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, abuse of an elder or dependent adult, or human trafficking to break his/her rental lease without penalty.

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

Topics such as: repair issues; security deposits; interest on security deposits, and the rent board fee; eviction issues; landlord petitions and passthroughs tenant petitions; annual allowable rent increases and banked rent increases; hearings, mediations and appeals; utility passthroughs; water revenue bond passthroughs.

The Rent Adjustment Program addresses concerns between owners and tenants. Renters may challenge a rent increase if they believe it is more than the allowable amount. Rent increases above the allowable amount must meet the criteria of the ordinance. Renters may also petition for a decrease in rent paid due to a loss of service. Disputes will be settled through mediation or a hearing. Hearing Officers make decisions based upon review of information from both tenants and property owners.

Civil harassment is abuse, threats of abuse, stalking, sexual assault, or serious harassment by someone you have not dated and do NOT have a close relationship with, like a neighbor, a roommate, or a friend (that you have never dated). It is also civil harassment if the abuse is from a family member (like an uncle or aunt, a niece or nephew, or a cousin).

Check out some of the most asked questions to see if it applies to you.

A detailed overview of legal theories and remedies.

Only basic information from this student-run organization.

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

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

Rent Control, Buyouts, Condo & TIC Conversions, Habitability & Repairs, Harassment by Landlord, Sales of Buildings, Security Deposits, Short-Term Rentals

Such as security deposits, rent increases, roommates, and evictions.

Annual general adjustments (and other rent increase notices), capital improvements, codes & habitability, eviction, leases, mediation services, occupancy registration, roommates & neighbors, section 8, security deposit, separate agreements, subletting, tenant rights & responsibilities, vacancy decontrol

Scammers don't actually own the homes they try to rent out to you. Identify them and make a report if you've been scammed.

California's new mold law under SB 655

Detailed landlord/tenant information, especially the principle of "quiet enjoyment".

This flyer is designed to aid tenants who have been affected by recent wildfires, with information on whether you still need to pay rent in case of a disaster, protections against price gouging, and much more.

Issues such as roommate disagreements, noise complaints, privacy rights, rent due dates, late fees, and move-out/eviction issues.