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The following county and city consumer agencies provide various types of services for landlord/tenant disputes. Consumers in counties not served by a local agency may locate books regarding landlord/tenant issues at local bookstores and libraries. Landlord law books are also available at bookstores specializing in law books. In addition, Small Claims Court may also be a recourse for consumers.

www.igs.berkeley.edu

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ALAMEDA COUNTY

Eden Council for Hope and Opportunity, Inc. (ECHO) \

770 A Street

Hayward, CA 94541

510-581-9380

855-ASK-ECHO toll free

Fax: 510-537-4793


1305 Franklin Street #305

Oakland, CA 94612

510-496-0496

855-ASK-ECHO toll free

Fax: 510-763-3736

www.echofairhousing.org


Bay Area Legal Aid

1735 Telegraph Avenue

Oakland, CA 94612

(510) 250-5270(rent)

(800) 551-5554(toll free)

(888) 382-3405 Tenant’s Rights Line


Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board (Berkeley Residents ONLY)

2125 Milvia Street

Berkeley, CA 94704

(510) 981-7368 (rent)

Email: rent@cityofberkeley.info

http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us

  • Provides landlord/tenant counseling and mediation for Berkeley residents.
  • Provides information about rent control or general rental information.
  • Provides general information about landlord/tenant issues.


Community Legal Aid Society of Alameda County

Oakland Office

250 Frank Ogawa St. Suite 5313

Oakland, CA 94612

(510) 981-7368 (rent)

(510) 981-4910 Fax

(510) 981-6903 TDD


East Bay Community Law Center

2921 Adeline Street

Berkeley, CA 94703

(510) 548-4040(rent)

http://www.ebclc.org/


ALPINE COUNTY

Consumer may resort to civil resolution sources (Small Claims, private attorney, and Better Business Bureau).


AMADOR COUNTY

Legal Services of Northern California

190 Reamer Street

Auburn, CA 95603

(530) 823-7560

(800) 660-6107

https://lsnc.net

  • Renter must reside in Amador, Placer, Nevada, Calaveras, El Dorado, and Sierra Counties. *Provides tenant consultation on any subject relative to a rental.


Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency

10590 Hwy 88

Jackson, CA 95642

(209) 223-1485 ext. 243

https://www.atcaa.org

B

BUTTE COUNTY

Community Legal Information Center - Housing Law Project

25 Main Street, Suite 102

Chico, CA 95929

(530) 898-4354

Fax: (530) 898-4911

Email: clic@csuchico.edu

• CSU Chico student-run under supervising attorneys.

http://as.csuchico.edu/index.php


Legal Services of Northern California

Butte Regional Office

541 Normal Avenue

Chico, CA 95928

(530) 345-9491

(800) 345-9491

  • Renter must reside in Butte, Glenn, Plumas, Tehama.
  • Assists tenants with unlawful detainer notices
  • Assists with 5 day eviction notices

https://lsnc.net

C

CALAVERAS COUNTY

Legal Services of Northern California

190 Reamer Street

Auburn, CA 95603

(530) 823-7560

(800) 660-6107

  • Renter must reside in Amador, Placer, Nevada, Calaveras, El Dorado, or Sierra Counties. *Provides tenant consultation on any subject relative to a rental.

https://lsnc.net


COLUSA COUNTY

Legal Services of Northern California

Butte Regional Office

541 Normal Avenue

Chico, CA 95927

(530) 345-9491

(800) 345-9491

• Renter must reside in Butte, Glenn, Plumas, Tehama or Colusa

• Assists tenants with unlawful detainer notices

• Assists with 5 day eviction notices

https://lsnc.net

California Rural Legal Assistance

511 D Street

Marysville, CA 95901

(530) 742-5191

  • Covers Butte, Plumas, Glenn, Tehama, & Colusa Counties.
  • Provides services to low-income consumers.


CONTRA COSTA COUNTY

Bay Area Legal Aid - Richmond Office

1025 Macdonald Ave

Richmond, CA 94801

(510) 233-9954

(510)236-6846 Fax

(510)236-6846

(800)551-5554


Eden Council for Hope and Opportunity, Inc. (ECHO)

301 West 10th Street

Antioch, CA 94509

925-732-3919

855-ASK-ECHO toll free

https://www.echofairhousing.org

D

DEL NORTE COUNTY

Legal Services of Northern California

Redwood Regional Office

123 Third Street

Eureka, CA 95502

(707) 445-0866

https://lsnc.net

  • Provides services to low-income consumers in Del Norte & Humboldt Counties.

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EL DORADO COUNTY

Legal Services of Northern California

190 Reamer Street

Auburn, CA 95603

(530) 823-7560

(800) 660-6107

  • Renter must reside in Amador, Placer, Nevada, Calaveras, El Dorado, or Sierra Counties. *Provides tenant consultation on any subject relative to a rental.

F

FRESNO COUNTY

Central California Legal Services

2115 Kern Street, Suite 200

Fresno, CA 93721

(559) 570-1200

(800) 675-8001

www.centralcallegal.org

  • Assists tenants with unlawful detainer complaints when tenants are served an eviction notice.
  • Provides tenants with appropriate paperwork to dispute the issues through Small Claims Court.

G

GLENN COUNTY

Legal Services of Northern California

Butte Regional Office

541 Normal Avenue

Chico, CA 95927

(530) 345-9493

https://lsnc.net

  • Provides tenant consultation on any subject relative to a rentala in Butte, Plumas, Glenn, Colusa, & Tehama Counties.

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HUMBOLDT COUNTY

Legal Services of Northern California

123 Third Street

Eureka, CA 95501

(707) 445-0866

  • Provides landlord/tenant information.
  • Provides legal aid for low income individuals.

https://lsnc.net

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IMPERIAL COUNTY

Consumer may resort to civil resolution sources (Small Claims, private attorney, and Better Business Bureau.)


INYO COUNTY

Consumer may resort to civil resolution sources (Small Claims, private attorney, and Better Business Bureau).


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KERN COUNTY

Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance and Seniors Law Center

615 California Avenue

Bakersfield, CA 93304

(661) 325-5943

(888) 292-4252 Toll-free

  • Does not provide assistance to residents in the towns of Delano, Shafter, Wasco & Los Hills.
  • Tenants must be at a low - income level.
  • Provides an eviction defense clinic for rent.
  • Provides information about mobile home park tenant's rights.
  • Provides information on tenant habitability issues.
  • Does not provide landlord/tenant mediation.
  • Provides Seniors Law Center. Senior tenants do not have to be at low income level to get assistance; Seniors may reside anywhere in Kern County.

https://www.gbla.org/


KINGS COUNTY

Central California Legal Services

2115 Kern Street, Suite 200

Fresno, CA 93721

Toll-free: (800) 675-8001

Fresno: 559-570-1200

Merced: 209-723-5466

Visalia: 559-733-8770

https://www.centralcallegal.org

• Provides free legal assistance to low income families in the following counties: Fresno, Kings, Mariposa, Merced, Tulare, and Tuolumne.

• Consumer may resort to civil resolution sources (Small Claims, private attorney, and Better Business Bureau).

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LAKE COUNTY

Lake County Dispute Resolution Services

P.O. Box 1173

Lake Port, CA 95453

(707) 263-1545

https://www.lakecountyca.gov

• Provides landlord/tenant mediation.


Legal Services of Northern California

421 North Oak Street

Ukiah, CA 95482

(707) 462-1471

(877) 529-7700

• Provides services to low-income consumers in Mendocino and Lake Counties.

https://www.lsnc.net


LASSEN COUNTY

Legal Services of Northern California

Shasta Regional Office

1370 West Street

Redding, CA 9600

(530) 241-3565

(800) 822-9687 Toll-Free

www.lsnc.net

  • Provides services to low-income consumers in Lassen, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou & Trinity Counties.


LOS ANGELES COUNTY

The LA County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs is the largest local consumer protection agency in the United States. The following is a list of the department's specialized programs. These programs focus department services in targeted areas to protect the diverse needs of consumers in Los Angeles County.

  • Renters, Landlords, Tenants
  • Automobiles, warranties
  • Purchases, Accurate Pricing, Refunds, Advertising
  • Contracts & Loans
  • Credit
  • Homes Identity Theft
  • Seniors
  • Cable Television
  • Telemarketing
  • Mediation


Web site offers information entitled:

  • Foreclosure Rescue Scams
  • Saving your home
  • Foreclosure facts
  • Renters in a foreclosure
  • New lender laws
  • HOPE for homeowners program
  • Contact your Lender


County of Los Angeles Department of Consumer and Business Affairs 500 W. Temple St., Room B-96

Los Angeles, CA 90012-2722

Email: info@dcba.lacounty.gov

www.dca.lacounty.gov

General Telephone Numbers

Inside LA County:

(800) 593-8222

Outside the County:

(213) 974-1452

Office Locations: http://dcba.lacounty.gov/our-locations


CES Tenants' Right Clinic (Wed @ 7pm and Sat @ 10am):

Plummer Park Community Building

7377 Santa Monica Boulevard

West Hollywood, CA 90046

http://cesinaction.org

Consumer Action Hotline (Complaints Only)

11901 Santa Monica Blvd., PMB 563

Los Angeles, CA 90025

(213) 624-4631

Online Complaint Form

https://www.consumer-action.org

• Provides landlord/tenant mediation.


Loyola Law School Center for Conflict Resolution

919 South Albany Street

Los Angeles, CA 90015

(213) 736-1145

(213) 382-5403 Fax

Email: dept-ccr@lls.edu

https://www.lls.edu/academics/centers/loyolacenterforconflictresolution


  • Provides landlord/tenant mediation.
  • Service provided in English, Spanish and Armenian.
  • Assist with Employment (terminations).
  • Offers Conciliation Services (resolve conflict by talking to the both parties separately often on the telephone)


Fair Housing Foundation

3605 Long Beach Blvd., Suite 302

Long Beach, CA 90807

(562) 989-1206

(562) 989-1836 Fax

(800) 446-3247 (Southern CA residents only)

https://www.fairhousingfoundation.com

  • Provides landlord/tenant counseling, mediation, and referrals.


Housing Rights Center

3255 Wilshire Blvd, Ste 1150

Los Angeles, CA 90010

1020 North Fair Oaks Avenue

Pasadena, CA 91103

(626) 791-0211

6320 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 311

Van Nuys, CA 91401

Toll Free: (800) 477-5977

TTY: (213) 201-0867

(213) 381-8555 Fax

https://hcidla.lacity.org/Fair-Housing

  • Provides landlord/tenant counseling, mediation, and referrals.


Consumer Affairs Protection Unit and Fair Housing

1685 Main Street

Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 458-8336

(310) 458-8370 (Spanish speaking)

(310) 458-8696 TTY

http://www.santamonica.gov/tenants-rights

  • Santa Monica residents only.
  • Provides landlord/tenant mediation for residents of Santa Monica.


Santa Monica Rent Control Board

1685 Main Street, Suite 202

Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 458-8751

Email: rentcontrol@smgov.net

http://www.smgov.net/rentcontrol

  • Provides landlord/tenant mediation for residents of Santa Monica.

M

MADERA COUNTY

Consumers may resort to civil resolution sources (Small Claims, private attorney, and Better Business Bureau).


MARIN COUNTY


Consumer Protections & Mediation

3501 Civic Center Drive

San Rafael, CA 94903

(415) 473-6495

http://www.marincounty.org/depts/da/consumer-protection-unit

  • Provides civil, employment, domestic, and environmental mediation.
  • Provides landlord/tenant mediation.
  • Provides information and assistance in dealing with the following areas:
  • Civil Mediation
  • Employment
  • Domestic mediation
  • Environmental
  • Evictions
  • Unlawful detainer actions
  • Deposit returns
  • Habitability issues
  • Mediation of tenant/landlord disputes
  • Legal counseling
  • Pre-rental counseling


Bay Area Legal Aid - San Rafael Office

30 North San Pedro Road

San Rafael, CA 94903

(415)479-8224

(800)551-5554


MENDOCINO COUNTY


Legal Services of Northern California

421 North Oak Street

Ukiah, CA 95482

(707) 462-1471

(877) 529-7700

(707) 462-9483 Fax

https://www.lsnc.net/

  • Provides services to low-income consumers for Mendocino, Lake, Del Norte & Humboldt Counties.
  • Consumer may resort to civil resolution sources (Small Claims, private attorney, and Better Business Bureau).


MERCED COUNTY


Central California Legal Services

1640 N Street, Suite 200

Merced, CA 95340

Fresno: 559-570-1200

Merced: 209-723-5466

Visalia: 559-733-8770

Legal Advice Line: (800) 675-8001

www.centralcallegal.org

  • Provides free legal assistance to low income families in the following counties: Fresno, Kings, Mariposa, Merced, Tulare, and Tuolumne.
  • Consumers may resort to civil resolution sources (Small Claims, private attorney, and Better Business Bureau).


MODOC COUNTY


Legal Services of Northern California

Shasta Regional Office

1370 West Street

Redding, CA 96001

(530) 241-3565

Fax: (530) 241-3982

Toll-free: (800) 822-9687

https://www.lsnc.net/

  • Provides services to low-income consumers in Lassen, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou & Trinity Counties
  • Consumers may resort to civil resolution sources (Small Claims, private attorney, and Better Business Bureau).


MONO COUNTY


Consumer may resort to civil resolution sources (Small Claims, private attorney, and Better Business Bureau).


MONTEREY COUNTY


The Housing Authority of the County of Monterey (HACM)

123 Rico Street

Salinas, CA 93907

(831) 775-5000

(831) 424-9153 fax

(831) 754-2951 TDD

www.hamonterey.org/

  • HACM is a public agency that provides rental assistance and develops and manages affordable housing throughout Monterey County


Housing Resource Center

201 A John Street

POB 1307 93902

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 424-9186

(800) 946-1911 Toll-free

(831) 757-1349 Fax

http://www.hrcmontereycounty.org

  • HRC of Monterey County is a non-profit organization that assists Monterey County residents to either remain in their current rental unit, enter the rental housing market, or to learn about available housing services. Services focus on families and individuals who strive to maintain financial independence, especially the very low to low - income.

Tenants Together - Tenant Foreclosure Hotline

Hotline: (888)495-8020

General Inquiries: (415) 495-8100

Email: info@tenantstogether.org

http://www.tenantstogether.org

  • California's Statewide Organization for Renters' Rights Tenants Together runs a hotline for tenants in foreclosure situations.


Eden Council for Hope and Opportunity, Inc. (ECHO)

353 Camino El Estero

Monterey, CA 93940

831-566-0824

855-ASK-ECHO toll free

855-275-3246 Spanish

N

NAPA COUNTY

Fair Housing Napa Valley

1804 Soscol Ave., Suite 203

Napa, CA 94559

(707) 224-9720

Fax: (707) 224-1566

Email: info@napafairhousing.org

http://www.napafairhousing.org

• Fair housing and discrimination

• Tenant/landlord mediation and conciliation


Bay Area Legal Aid - Napa Office

575 Lincoln Avenue, Suite 210

Napa, CA 94558

(707)259-0579

(800)551-5554

Fax: (707) 259-1449



NEVADA COUNTY

Legal Services of Northern California

190 Reamer Street

Auburn, CA 95603

(530) 823-7560

(800) 660-6107

  • Renter must reside in Amador, Placer, Nevada, Calaveras, El Dorado, and Sierra Counties.
  • Provides tenant consultation on any subject relative to a rental.

O

ORANGE COUNTY


County of Orange Fair Housing Council

1516 Brookhollow Drive, Suite A

Santa Ana, CA 92701

(714) 569-0823

(800) 698-FAIR

Fax: (714) 835-0281

Email: info@fairhousingoc.org

http://www.fairhousingoc.org

• Provides landlord/tenant counseling on all landlord/tenant issues.

Fair Housing Foundation

2300 E. Katella Avenue, Ste 405

Anaheim, CA 92806

Phone: (714) 918-8001

Toll Free: (800) 446-3247 (Southern CA residents only)

http://www.fairhousingfoundation.com

• Provides landlord/tenant counseling, mediation, and referrals.

P

PLACER COUNTY

Legal Services of Northern California

190 Reamer Street

Auburn, CA 95603

(530) 823-7560

(800) 660-6107

Fax: (530) 823-7601

http://www.lsnc.net

  • Renter must reside in Amador, Placer, Nevada, Calaveras, El Dorado, and Sierra Counties.
  • Provides tenant consultation on any subject relative to a rental.


PLUMAS COUNTY

Legal Services of Northern California

Butte Regional Office

541 Normal Avenue

Chico, CA 95927

(530) 345-9491

Toll Free: (800) 345-9491

Fax: (530) 345-6913

https://www.lsnc.net/

  • Provides tenant consultation on any subject relative to a rental in Butte, Plumas, Glenn, Tehama, & Colusa Counties.
  • Consumer may resort to civil resolution sources (Small Claims, private attorney, and Better Business Bureau).

R

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

Fair Housing Council of Riverside County, Inc.

4164 Brockton Avenue

Riverside, CA 92501

(951) 682-6581

Fax: (951) 682-0262

http://www.fairhousing.net


Corona

650 Main Street

Corona, CA

(951) 371-6518


Moreno Valley

23890 Alessandro Blvd., Ste. A1

Moreno Valley, CA. 92553

(951) 653-8314


East County/Palm Springs

655 N. Palm Canyon, Ste. 202

Palm Springs, CA 92263

(760) 864-1541

  • Provides landlord/tenant mediation.
  • Provides counseling on landlord/tenant law.

S

SACRAMENTO COUNTY

Legal Services of Northern California

515 12th Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 551-2150

Fax: (916) 551-2196

'http://www.lsnc.net

Sacramento Mediation Center

2015 J Street, Suite 204

Sacramento, CA 95811

(916) 441-7979

Fax: (916) 441-1170

Email: sacramento@calawyersforthearts.org

http://www.calawyersforthearts.org/Sacramento-mediation-center.html

• Mediates landlord/tenant disputes; does not provide legal advice or information about landlord/tenant law or tenants' rights; does not provide consumer with landlord/tenant handbook.

Senior Legal Hotline

515 12th Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 551-2140 Local

(800) 222-1753 Toll Free

(916) 551-2197 Fax

https://lsnc.net/slh

Sacramento Self-Help Housing

P.O. Box 188445

Sacramento CA 95818

(916) 341-0593

http://www.sacselfhelp.org

Renter’s Helpline

(916) 389-7877

(800) 855-7100 TTY

http://rentershelpline.org


SAN BENITO COUNTY

Consumer may resort to civil resolution sources (Small Claims, private attorney, and Better Business Bureau).


SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

Inland Fair Housing & Mediation Board

1500 South Haven Ave., Suite 100

Ontario, CA 91761

(909) 984-2254

(800) 321-0911

Email: info@ifhmb.com

http://www.ifhmb.com

225 W Hospitality Ln., Suite 207

San Bernardino, CA 92408

(909) 888-3763

(800) 321-0911

15428 Civic Drive, # 225

Victorville, CA 92392

(760) 243-2412

(800) 321-0911

• Provides landlord/tenant mediation. • Default, foreclosure, and first-time buyer education.


SAN DIEGO COUNTY

Heartland Human Relations and Fair Housing Association

East County:

CSA San Diego County

131 Avocado Avenue

El Cajon, CA 92021

(619) 444-5700

Toll-free: (800) 954-0441

Fax: 619-447-5761

Email: info@c4sa.org

http://c4sa.org


South County:

South Bay Community Services

430 F Street

Chula Vista, CA 91910

24/7 Hotline: (800) 640-2933

Business Hours: (619) 420-3620

http://www.southbaycommunityservices.org

• Provides fair housing education, outreach, and referral activities to unincorporated communities of San Diego

• Provides landlord/tenant counseling and mediation.

• Provides individuals with a list of affordable rentals.


Neighborhood House Association

841 South 41st Street

San Diego, CA 92113

(619) 263-7761

(858) 715-2642

Fax: (858) 715-2670

http://www.neighborhoodhouse.org

• Tenant/Landlord Information & Counseling

• Rental Placement Assistance


National Conflict Resolution Center

4305 University Ave., Suite 110

San Diego, CA 92105

(619) 398-0494

Fax: (619) 238-8041

https://www.ncrconline.com

• Provides landlord/tenant mediation.


SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY

San Francisco Residential Rent Stabilization and Arbitration Board

25 Van Ness, Suite 320

San Francisco, CA 94102

(415) 252-4600 (recording)

(415) 252-4602 (counselors)

(415) 554-9845 TTY

9 AM - NOON and 1 - 4 PM Monday through Friday

(415) 252-4660 (fax back service)

www.sfgov.org

  • Provides landlord/tenant information, counseling and mediation


San Francisco Tenants' Union

558 Capp Street

San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 282-6622

Email: info@sftu.org

https://www.sftu.org/

www.sftu.org

  • Provides drop-in counseling for nonmembers.
  • Provides phone counseling for members only.
  • Provides advice on tenants' rights.

Bay Area Legal Aid - San Francisco Office

1800 Market Street, 3rd Floor

San Francisco, CA 94102

(415)982-1300

(800)551-5554

Fax: (415) 982-4243


Consumer Action Hot Line

1170 Market Street, Suite 500

San Francisco, CA 94102

(415) 777-9635

Online Complaint Form

www.consumer-action.org

  • Provides landlord/tenant mediation.


Asian Law Caucus

55 Columbus Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94111

(415) 896-1701

Fax:(415) 896-1702

• Counsels and assists tenants with rent disputes.

• May make additional referrals.


Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco

1663 Mission, #504

San Francisco, CA 94103

(415) 703-8644

Fax: 415-703-8639

  • Renter must reside in city or county of San Francisco.
  • Does not mediate landlord/tenant disputes. Will provide referrals to mediation centers.


SAN JOAQUIN

San Joaquin Fair Housing

421 S El Dorado St Suite 2B

Stockton, CA 95203

(209) 451-3471

Fax: 209 451-3476

http://www.sjfairhousing.com

  • Provides landlord/tenant counseling for low-income tenants.


SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY

California Rural Legal Assistance

175 Santa Rosa Street

San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

(805) 544-7997

http://www.crla.org

  • Provides landlord/tenant counseling for low-income tenants.


SAN MATEO COUNTY

Project Sentinel

1615 Hudson St., Ste. A

Redwood City, CA 94061

Housing Discrimination: (888) 324-7468

Email: fairhousing@housing.org

Tenant-Landlord Disputes: (408) 720-9888

Email: info@housing.org

Housing Counseling: (408) 470-3730

Email: homeownershipinfo@housing.org

http://www.housing.org


Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center

1660 S. Amphlett Blvd. #219

San Mateo, CA 94402

(650) 513-0330

Free or very low cost mediation of landlord/tenant conflicts


Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County

330 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 123

Redwood City, CA 94065

800-381-8898

650-558-0915

Fax: 650-517-8973

https://www.legalaidsmc.org

Legal services to low-income children, families and seniors

Bay Area Legal Aid, San Mateo County Regional Office

1048. El Camino Real, Suite A

Redwood City, CA 94063

650-358-0751

Fax: 650-358-0751

800-551-5554


• Legal assistance services are available to very low-income clients.


SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

City of Santa Barbara Rental Housing Mediation Program

630 Garden Street

Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1656

(805) 564-5420

(805) 564-5477 Fax

www.santabarbaraca.gov

  • Provides landlord/tenant informationand mediation.
  • The RHMTF provides its services to residents of the City of Santa Barbara, City of Goleta, and the unincorporated Areas of Santa Barbara County.


Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County 301 E. Cañon Perdido

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

(805) 963-6754

Fax: 805-963-6756


201 S. Miller Street, Ste. 209

Santa Maria, CA 93454

(805) 922-9909

Fax: 805-347-4494


604 E. Ocean Ave, Ste. B

Lompoc, CA 93436

(805) 736-6582

Fax: 805-740-2773

http://www.lafsbc.org


California Rural Legal Assistance

2050 South Broadway, Suite G

Santa Maria, CA 93454

(805) 922-4563

http://www.crla.org

  • Provides landlord/tenant eviction and defense for low-income residents.


SANTA CLARA COUNTY

Project Sentinel

1490 El Camino Real

Santa Clara, CA 95050

Housing Discrimination: (888) 324-7468

Email: fairhousing@housing.org

Tenant-Landlord Disputes: (408) 720-9888

Email: info@housing.org

Housing Counseling: (408) 470-3730

Email: homeownershipinfo@housing.org

http://www.housing.org


Project Sentinel Gilroy Office 8339 Church St #104

Gilroy, CA 95020

Project Sentinel is a non-profit corporation. The agency's services include tenant and landlord counseling and mediation of landlord tenant disputes.


Santa Clara District Attorney

Consumer Protection Unit

County Government Center

70 West Hedding Street

San Jose, CA 95110-1705

(408) 792-2880

[www.sccgov.org/sites/da/ConsumerCorner/Pages/home.aspx www.sccgov.org/]

  • Renter must reside in Santa Clara County.


SHASTA COUNTY

Legal Services of Northern California

Shasta Regional Office

1370 West Street

Redding, CA 96001

(530) 241-3565

Toll-free: (800) 822-9687

Fax: (530) 241-3982

www.lsnc.net

  • Provides landlord/tenant mediation for Lassen, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou & Trinity Counties.
  • Consumers may resort to civil resolution sources (Small Claims, private attorney, and Better Business Bureau).


SIERRA COUNTY

Legal Services of Northern California

190 Reamer Street

Auburn, CA 95603

(530) 823-7560

(800) 660-6107

Fax: (530) 823-7601

http://www.lsnc.net

  • Renter must reside in Amador, Placer, Nevada, Calaveras, El Dorado, or Sierra Counties.
  • Provides tenant consultation on any subject relative to a rental.


SISKIYOU COUNTY

Legal Services of Northern California

Shasta Regional Office

1370 West Street

Redding, CA 96001

(530) 241-3565

Toll Free: (800) 822-9687

Fax: (530) 241-3982

www.lsnc.net

  • Provides services to low-income consumers in Lassen, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou & Trinity Counties.
  • Consumer may resort to civil resolution sources (Small Claims, private attorney, and Better Business Bureau).


SOLANO COUNTY

Pacific Community Services, Inc.

329 Railroad Avenue

Pittsburg, CA 94565

(925) 439-1056

(925) 439-0831 Fax

  • Renter must reside in Solano Counties only.

1125 Missouri Street, Suite 304B

Fairfield, CA 94533

(800) 914-6874 (Solano County residents only)


  • Provides information and assistance in dealing with the following areas:
  • Evictions
  • Unlawful detainer actions
  • Deposit returns
  • Habitability issues
  • Getting repairs done
  • Mediation of tenant/landlord disputes
  • Legal counseling
  • Pre-rental counseling

Benicia Housing Authority

28 Riverhill Drive

Benicia, CA 94510

(707) 745-2071

www.ci.benicia.ca.us

• Renter must reside in Fairfield, Vacaville, and Suisun City.

• Provides landlord/tenant information.

Legal Services of Northern California

Solano County Office

1810 Capitol Street

Vallejo, CA 94590

(707) 643-0054

http://www.lsnc.net

• Provides services to low-income consumers.


SONOMA COUNTY

Petaluma People Services Center

1500 Petaluma Blvd South, Suite A

Petaluma, CA 94952

(707) 765-8488

Fax: (707) 765-8482

http://petalumapeople.org


  • PETALUMA RESIDENTS ONLY: Provides information and referrals for landlords and tenants in the areas of housing discrimination and landlord-tenant relationships, law and practices.

Sonoma County Housing Authority

1440 Guerneville Road

Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Phone: (707) 565-7500

TDD: (707) 565-7555

Email: cdc@sonoma-county.org

http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/CDC/Housing-Authority


STANISLAUS COUNTY

California Rural Legal Assistance

1111 I Street, Suite 310

Modesto, CA 95354

(209) 577-3811

(209) 577-1098 Fax

http://www.crla.org

  • Provides landlord/tenant information.


Project Sentinel - Modesto

1231 8th St, Ste. 425

Modesto, CA 95354

Housing Discrimination: (888) 324-7468

Email: fairhousing@housing.org

Tenant-Landlord Disputes: (408) 720-9888

Email: info@housing.org

http://www.housing.org

Email: modesto@housing.org


SUTTER COUNTY

Consumer may resort to civil resolution sources (Small Claims, private attorney, and Better Business Bureau).

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TEHAMA COUNTY

Legal Services of Northern California

Butte Regional Office

541 Normal Avenue

Chico, CA 95928

(530) 345-9493

Toll Free: (800) 345-9491

Fax: (530) 345-6913

www.lsnc.net

  • Provides services to low-income consumers for Butte, Plumas, Glenn, Tehama, & Colusa Counties
  • Consumers may resort to civil resolution sources (Small Claims, private attorney, Better Business Bureau).


TRINITY COUNTY

Legal Services of Northern California

Shasta Regional Office

1370 West Street

Redding, CA 96001

(530) 241-3565

Toll Free: (800) 822-9687

Fax: (530) 241-3982

www.lsnc.net

  • Provides services to low-income consumers in Lassen, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou & Trinity Counties
  • Consumers may resort to civil resolution sources (Small Claims, private attorney, and Better Business Bureau).


TULARE COUNTY

Central California Legal Services

2025 W Feemster Ave.

Visalia, CA 93277

Fresno: 559-570-1200

Merced: 209-723-5466

Visalia: 559-733-8770

Legal Advice Line: (800) 675-8001

www.centralcallegal.org

  • Provides free legal assistance to low income families in the following counties: Fresno, Kings, Mariposa, Merced, Tulare, and Tuolumne.
  • Consumers may resort to civil resolution sources (Small Claims, private attorney, and Better Business Bureau).


TUOLUMNE COUNTY

Central California Legal Services

1999 Tuolumne St., Ste. 700

Fresno, CA 93721

Fresno: 559-570-1200

Merced: 209-723-5466

Visalia: 559-733-8770

Legal Advice Line: (800) 675-8001

www.centralcallegal.org

  • Provides free legal assistance to low income families in the following counties: Fresno, Kings, Mariposa, Merced, Tulare, and Tuolumne.
  • Consumers may resort to civil resolution sources (Small Claims, private attorney, and Better Business Bureau).


Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency

427 N. Highway 49, Suite 305

Sonora, CA 95370

(209) 533-1397 ext. 238

www.atcaa.org

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VENTURA COUNTY

County of Ventura District Attorney

Consumer Mediation Unit

800 South Victoria Avenue

Ventura, CA 93009

(805) 654-2500

Consumer mediation: (805) 654-3110

http://www.vcdistrictattorney.com

  • Renter must reside in Ventura County.
  • Provides landlord/tenant mediation.


Community Action of Ventura County

621 Richmond Avenue

Oxnard, CA 93030

(805) 436-4000

Fax: (805) 487-2512

http://www.ca-vc.org

  • Provides landlord/tenant information.
  • Individuals must meet low income criteria.


Housing Rights Center (HRC)

3255 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1150

Los Angeles, CA 90010

(800) 477-5977

TTY: (213) 201-0867

Fax: (213) 381-8555

Email: info@housingrightscenter.org

www.hrc-la.org

  • Telephone and in-person counseling to both tenants and landlords regarding their respective rights and responsibilities under California law and local city ordinances.

HRC provides services to the following areas:

Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, San Buenaventura, Thousand Oaks and Unincorporated Ventura County.

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YOLO COUNTY

Legal Services of Northern California

Yolo County Office

619 North Street

Woodland, CA 95695

(530) 662.-1065

(916) 447-5798

Fax: (530) 662-7941

www.lsnc.net

  • Provides services to low-income consumers.


YUBA COUNTY

Consumer may resort to civil resolution sources (Small Claims, private attorney, and Better Business Bureau).

Eviction Procedures

EVICTION PROCEDURES

In California, a landlord may be able to evict a tenant if the tenant:

• Fails to pay the rent on time;

• Breaks the lease or rental agreement and will not fix the problem (like keeping your cat when pets are not allowed);

• Damages the property bringing down the value (commits "waste");

• Becomes a serious nuisance by disturbing other tenants and neighbors even after being asked to stop; or

• Uses the property to do something illegal.

In most cities, the landlord can also evict the tenant:

• If the tenant stays after the lease is up,* or

• If the landlord cancels the rental agreement by giving proper notice.*

  • If your city has rent control, these 2 reasons may not be good enough to evict a tenant. Contact your local city or county government office to find out if you live in a rent-controlled area. Or talk to your self-help center, or a lawyer for help.

A landlord cannot evict a tenant for an illegal reason like discrimination or to get back at the tenant for taking action against the landlord, like filing a complaint because the property’s heating system is broken.

For more information, see www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-eviction.htm.


Eviction procedures may be initiated in two ways:

  1. Three-day notice
  1. Thirty-day notice


THREE DAY NOTICE

A landlord can give a three day notice to pay or quit the premises when:

a. The tenant is behind in rent by not paying on the date stated in the rental agreement (does not pay on the first of the month or when due).

b. The tenant violated one of the terms stated in the rental agreement (fails to properly maintain the condition of the rental property)


THIRTY DAY NOTICE

The landlord can terminate a periodic tenancy by giving a thirty day notice. A landlord can reclaim his or her property at any time as long as proper written notice is given. A consumer can verify any exception to this rule by checking with their County Board of Supervisors. Laws can vary slightly by county, and the Board of Supervisors can determine if county guidelines affect the procedure to be followed by the landlord to evict a tenant.

See "Just Cause Eviction" below.

Once the three or thirty day notice has been issued and that time has elapsed and the tenant has not vacated the premises, the landlord may file an unlawful detainer action in municipal court.


UNLAWFUL DETAINER LAWSUIT

The landlord must file an action in municipal court and be awarded the unlawful detainer action to evict a tenant. The eviction process is a judicial, court-administered procedure that does not permit landlords to physically remove a tenant from the premises, lock a tenant out, or cut off utilities such as water or power, or seize the tenant's belongings to carry out the eviction. If the tenant chooses not to respond to either a three or thirty day notice, and unlawful detainer will be issued to the tenant.

In most cases, a tenant has only five days in which to respond to this lawsuit. The tenant must respond within this time by filing the correct legal document with the clerk of the court in which the lawsuit was originally filed. By responding to the unlawful detainer within the allotted time, the tenant will then be entitled to go before a judge to contest the eviction. If the tenant fails to respond, the court may enter a default judgment in favor of the landlord. In either case, it will ultimately be the judge's decision as to whether the eviction will take place.


DEFAULT JUDGEMENT

If the tenant chooses not to appear in court to contest the unlawful detainer lawsuit, a judge may find the tenant to be in default. The tenant waives any rights by not appearing. In this case the court clerk issues a default judgment for the possession of premises and a writ of possession which the landlord presents to a sheriff or court's Marshall for the actual eviction.


WRIT OF POSSESSION

If the tenant does not leave voluntarily, the landlord may obtain a writ of possession from the court. The writ of possession allows the sheriff to forcibly evict a tenant. If the judge finds in favor of the landlord, the landlord must then request a writ of possession from the court. Before evicting a tenant, the sheriff or Marshall will serve that individual with a copy of the writ. The cost of this service will be added to the other costs of the lawsuit (which the landlord will collect from the tenant).

After a tenant is served with the writ of possession, he or she has five days to move. If, after five days, a tenant has not quit the rented premises, that individual can be physically removed by the proper authorities. At this time the utilities may be turned off and the tenant locked out of the premises.

If the tenant's belongings are still in the rental, the sheriff or Marshall may either remove these items or have the landlord store them. The landlord can then charge the individual reasonable storage fees. If these items are not reclaimed within 18 days following the eviction, the landlord may seize them.


JUST CAUSE EVICTION

Some cities and counties have implemented a "just cause" eviction provision which requires landlords to provide a reason for evicting a tenant. Under normal circumstances, landlords are not usually required to provide the tenants with a reason for an eviction.

Consumer may check landlord/tenant referral sources by county


PROPERTY MANAGER

If a landlord hires a resident manager to manage his rental property and the employee lives on site, the manager is not required to be licensed by the California Department of Real Estate.

However, if a landlord hires a person to manage the rental property and the employee lives off site, the manager must register with (notify) the Department of Real Estate. If the rental property is 16 units or more, a site manager must register with, (notify), the department (per California Administrative Code 4).


Department of Real Estate

1651 Exposition Blvd

Sacramento, CA 95818

877) 373-4542

www.dre.ca.gov


No state law requires landlords to pay interest on security deposits. In most localities, landlords do not have to pay tenants interest on deposits or put deposits in a separate bank account (unless specifically agreed upon in a lease or rental agreement). Some landlords have found it is good public relations to pay tenants interest on their deposits, even if no local law requires it.

However, some cities require landlords to pay or credit tenants with interest on security deposits. A few cities require that these funds be kept in separate interest-bearing accounts. Consumers may contact their local city councils or county board of supervisors in their area for information about security deposit interest/bearing accounts in their county of residence.


LANDLORD/TENANT RENT CONTROL

California has no statewide rent control law. Cities and Courts may establish rent control on a local basis, either through the initiative process or by the act of a city council. A county board of supervisors can also enact rent control in unincorporated areas of the county.

Where to Get Information about Rent Control:


The following organizations can assist consumers with questions about rent control ordinances in their area:

  • The City Rent Control Board can supply the consumer with a current copy of the local ordinance and sometimes a brochure explaining the ordinance. Consumers may seek assistance from the office of the mayor or city manager for the address of the local rent control board.
  • A local apartment owner's association can also provide the consumer with general information on rent control ordinances in the area they serve.


For Sacramento:

California Apartment Association

980 Ninth Street, Suite 1430

Sacramento, CA 95814

toll free: 800-967-4222

fax: 877-999-7881

Email: membership@caanet.org

http://www.caanet.org


  • Alternate Dispute Resolution programs in the city or county where these ordinances are enforced.
  • Local attorneys can be an additional resource. Consumers should consult the yellow pages for attorneys who specialize in landlord/tenant law and whose offices are in or near the city whose ordinances are in question.


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