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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.
This resource will help you understand your responsibilities as the tenant in case your landlord has started the eviction process.
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.
Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.
The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.
If your landlord wants to evict you, he or she must file a court case against you called an “unlawful detainer.” The landlord must have someone serve you (give you) the court papers called a “Summons” and “Complaint.”
ADR is usually less formal, less expensive, and less time-consuming than a trial.
Reference materials on eviction case law.
Check out California Court's self-help resource on eviction.
The California Department of Consumer Affairs offers an overview regarding the eviction legal process.
What the RSO covers: allowable rent increases, registration of rental units, legal reasons for eviction, and types of evictions requiring payment of tenant relocation assistance.
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.
Tenants have rights even when a home is foreclosed and changes owners.
This resource provides general instructions regarding the eviction process inside or outside the court.
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This video clip provides information regarding the options available to resolve disputes between landlords and tenants. The video clip consists of five chapters organized in an automatic playlist.
Protections for residents and causes for evictions.
Such as security deposits, rent increases, roommates, and evictions.
No. It is illegal for a landlord to lockout a tenant (renter), remove a tenant’s belongings, cut off utilities (such as water or electricity), or remove outside windows or doors in order to force a tenant to leave.
The law limits excessive rent, reasons for evictions, and rent increases.
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
Only basic information from this student-run organization.