CA Tenant Handbook - This is a great site for information about Tenant/Landlord Rights. If the answer is not in this document, I would be surprised!
HUD Portal - Housing and Urban Development has this information about Tenant Rights, Laws, and protection in California.
Project Sentinal is a free resource to talk about your housing concerns. Below are their pamphlets on specific topics.
3 Day Notice – Three day notices come in three options: 3 day notice to quit with no option to correct, 3 day notice to quit or correct, or 3 day notice to pay or quit. This document explains.
Terminating a Tenancy – Requirements - This explains 30 and 60 day notices and what is required/allowed in these situations.
Termination Notices- Types – Do you have a lease or a month to month contract?
Tenant Rights – This is a list of ways to protect your rights as a tenant.
Security Deposits – These are the main rules for Security Deposits.
Deposit Disputes - Here is a list of ways to make sure you get most if not all of your deposit back.
Repairs - Habitability and Landlord requirements are listed along with the responsibilities of the Tenant,
Rent Increases - When can the rent be increased? What is the difference from a fixed term lease vs. a periodic rental agreement?
Privacy/Right to Enter- When can a landlord enter my home?
Neighbor Rights- Neighbors can hold you responsible for various things. See what things you are responsible for.
Constructive Eviction- This is a description of the illegal form of eviction called constructive eviction
Inventory Checklist – When moving in, make sure you utilize this inventory. This will help you get your money back from your security deposit!
Law School Resources – The Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center provides pro bono advice.
Leaving For Break Checklist – Short break and longer break checklists. Keep your home safe!
HOUSING SCAM NOTIFICATION
It has come to our attention that several landlords have been contacted via e-mail by people posing as international students/visiting scholars/faculty. The majority of these e-mails have originated from the UK.
Typically, the scam works like this:
- Tenant expresses urgency in completing rental agreement & agrees to send a check/money order for the cost of the rental ASAP.
- Tenant sends a counterfeit check/money order for more money than is needed and requests the landlord send them the balance.
- Tenant states that they’re planning to use the balance to purchase their plane ticket, furniture or another urgent cause and asks the landlord to send the money ASAP.
- Upon initial deposit, the bank accepts the counterfeits but contacts the landlord within a couple of days and notifies them that the check/money order was fake.
IF THIS HAPPENS TO YOU, DO NOT SEND OR RETURN MONEY WHO SHOULD YOU NOTIFY ABOUT FRAUD OR SCAM ATTEMPTS?
If you feel suspicious that a potential tenant may be attempting a scam, request that the bank/post office investigate and/or contact the following:
- FTC toll free hotline: 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357)
- FTC online complaint form (www.ftc.gov)
- Internet Fraud Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov/)
- Non-emergency number for your local police department.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE OF THIS WARNING AND BE SUSPICIOUS