Other Housing Issues

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

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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.

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.

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

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

How to identify different types of abuse.

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

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If your complaint is regarding one of the following: Banks, Business and Industrial Development Corporations (BIDCO), Credit Unions, Local Agency Security Program (LASP), Money Transmitters, Premium Finance Companies, Trust Companies and Departments, California Finance Lenders, California Residential Mortgage Lenders, Capital Access Companies, Check Sellers, Bill Payers and Proraters, Deferred Deposit Transactions (Commonly known as Payday Loans), Escrow Agents/ Escrow Laws, Franchises, Investment Advisers, and Mortgage Loan Originators Securities Broker Dealers.

Landlords and tenants have legal rights and responsibilities. The following information explains the law in a question answer format. It is written from the perspective of Orange County tenancies; those located outside of Orange County might be governed by different laws and requirements.