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Read about where to file your lawsuit or case. Information on jurisdiction and venue.
Oral agreements, harassment, notices, deposits, and repairs.
If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.
Check out some of the most asked questions to see if it applies to you.
The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.
Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.
This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.
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.
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.
Read directly from the California Code.
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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.
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.
A security deposit is any money a landlord takes from a tenant other than rent.
Read more about security deposit basics in English, Chinese, Spanish and Vietnamese.
What can I do if it isn't returned in time?
Only basic information from this student-run organization.