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.
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.
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ADR is usually less formal, less expensive, and less time-consuming than a trial.
Read from the relevant sections of the CA Civil Code.
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 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.
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What can I do if it isn't returned in time?
Read directly from the California Code.
A security deposit is any money a landlord takes from a tenant other than rent.
Information for residents of San Mateo county.
Landlords pay tenants interest on security deposits while the landlord has it.
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.
Within 21 days after the tenant moves out, the landlord must mail or give the tenant a list of items the landlord deducted from the security deposit and return any remaining money from the deposit.