Landlord and Tenant Issues
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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.
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.
The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.
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.
This resource discusses information on rental agreements, check or cash payments, late fees, bounced checks, partial payments, rent increases, subleases, and assignments.
This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.
ADR is usually less formal, less expensive, and less time-consuming than a trial.
California establishes tenant's right to privacy and landlord rights to enter.
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.
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).
Housing counselors throughout the country can provide advice on buying a home, renting, defaults, foreclosures, and credit issues.
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
A new law in 216 defined mold as a substandard housing condition and gives local enforcement agencies more authority to investigate.
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.
You can request a free interpreter to be with you in court.
A court interpreter verbally translates (called “interpreting”) everything the judge and others say from spoken English into your primary language, and everything you say back into spoken English.
This resource has the answers to commonly asked questions about court interpreters, including how to ask for one.
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.
Detailed landlord/tenant information, especially the principle of "quiet enjoyment".
The tenant cannot sublease the rental unit or assign the lease unless the terms of the lease allow the tenant to do so.
This is a tenant's rights guide for residents in Berkeley.
Alphabetical Listing of Resources
The comprehensive guide to making purchases and dealing with companies.
California has passed several laws that protect the right to provide licensed family child care in rental property.
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
Issues such as roommate disagreements, noise complaints, privacy rights, rent due dates, late fees, and move-out/eviction issues.
The law limits excessive rent, reasons for evictions, and rent increases.
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.
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.
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.
Only basic information from this student-run organization.
Under state law any property owner wishing to convert a rental unit to a condo must provide tenants proper notice.