Landlord and Tenant Issues

Many local laws and courts have been affected by COVID-19. Please use the search for legal help tool to find a legal aid organization or self help center near you for accurate information and more support.

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Read about where to file your lawsuit or case. Information on jurisdiction and venue.

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.

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.

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.

ADR is usually less formal, less expensive, and less time-consuming than a trial.

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.

Such as security deposits, rent increases, roommates, and evictions.

Check out some of the most asked questions to see if it applies to you.

Civil harassment is abuse, threats of abuse, stalking, sexual assault, or serious harassment by someone you have not dated and do NOT have a close relationship with, like a neighbor, a roommate, or a friend (that you have never dated). It is also civil harassment if the abuse is from a family member (like an uncle or aunt, a niece or nephew, or a cousin).

A new law in 216 defined mold as a substandard housing condition and gives local enforcement agencies more authority to investigate.

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.

Rent Control, Buyouts, Condo & TIC Conversions, Habitability & Repairs, Harassment by Landlord, Sales of Buildings, Security Deposits, Short-Term Rentals

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

The Rent Adjustment Program addresses concerns between owners and tenants. Renters may challenge a rent increase if they believe it is more than the allowable amount. Rent increases above the allowable amount must meet the criteria of the ordinance. Renters may also petition for a decrease in rent paid due to a loss of service. Disputes will be settled through mediation or a hearing. Hearing Officers make decisions based upon review of information from both tenants and property owners.

Scammers don't actually own the homes they try to rent out to you. Identify them and make a report if you've been scammed.

Issues such as roommate disagreements, noise complaints, privacy rights, rent due dates, late fees, and move-out/eviction issues.

A detailed overview of legal theories and remedies.

This flyer is designed to aid tenants who have been affected by recent wildfires, with information on whether you still need to pay rent in case of a disaster, protections against price gouging, and much more.

The comprehensive guide to making purchases and dealing with companies.

The law limits excessive rent, reasons for evictions, and rent increases.

Only basic information from this student-run organization.

Alphabetical Listing of Resources

Information for tenants affected by a natural disaster.

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

Detailed landlord/tenant information, especially the principle of "quiet enjoyment".

This is a tenant's rights guide for residents in Berkeley.