Landlord and Tenant Issues

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

Ask questions and get answers, in real time, right here on the Internet, from live law librarians throughout California.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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).

The legal way to give formal notice is to have the other side "served" with a copy of the paperwork that you have filed with the court.

This resource discusses information on rental agreements, check or cash payments, late fees, bounced checks, partial payments, rent increases, subleases, and assignments.

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

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.

A new law in 216 defined mold as a substandard housing condition and gives local enforcement agencies more authority to investigate.

Tenants have rights even when a home is foreclosed and changes owners.

What the RSO covers: allowable rent increases, registration of rental units, legal reasons for eviction, and types of evictions requiring payment of tenant relocation assistance.

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

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

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.