Public Housing, Subsidized Housing, and Section 8

Most Frequently Viewed Resources

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Alphabetical Listing of Resources

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

The housing choice voucher program is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market.

Housing counselors throughout the country can provide advice on buying a home, renting, defaults, foreclosures, and credit issues.

Cities' public housing government agencies.

Who is eligible? How do I apply? How does the application process work?

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