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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.

Successful Tenant Tips Search

Successful Tenant-Dangers to Avoid

Successful Tenant Checklist

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

 

Facebook Housing Site – Students post open spots and other information about places to live here.

Housing Comparison Worksheet – See which location is the best option by using this form.

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!

City of Santa Clara Codes

University Response to Off Campus Misconduct - This is a quick summary of all rules and regulations applying to Off Campus Students.

Santa Clara Police Department  - This handout is distributed by the Nuisance Suppression Unit that monitors the SCU area.

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

http://brown.edu/Administration/Auxiliary_Housing/documents/ScamNotification.pdf