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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.
Read about where to file your lawsuit or case. Information on jurisdiction and venue.
This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for 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.
A security deposit is any money a landlord takes from a tenant other than rent.
Read directly from the California Code.
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.
What can I do if it isn't returned in time?
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Read from the relevant sections of the CA Civil Code.
ADR is usually less formal, less expensive, and less time-consuming than a trial.
Only basic information from this student-run organization.
Information for residents of San Mateo county.
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Landlords pay tenants interest on security deposits while the landlord has it.
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.