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Renters Resources



California Tenants: A Guide to Residential Tenants’ and Landlords’ Rights and Responsibilities
Provided by the California Department of Consumer Affairs. Paper copies are available for a small fee. Available for download at no cost.  A must have for property owners and managers. 
URL: http://www.dca.ca.gov/legal/landlordbook/



CalPIRG Renter’s Guide
URL: http://calpirg.org/CA.asp?id2=3689



Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board
Address: 2125 Milvia St
Berkeley, CA 94704-1112
Phone: (510) 644-6128
TTY: (510) 644-6915
URL: http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/rent/
Email: rent@ci.berkeley.ca.us



Berkeley Tenant Action Project
A paralegal group that does tenant counseling and emergency work
Address: 2022 Blake St, Room E
Berkeley, CA 94704-2604
Phone: (510) 843-6601
Email: TAP2@ix.netcom.com



Beverly Hills Rent Control Hotline
Address: 455 N Rexford Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: (310) 285-1031
Fax: (310) 273-0972
Email: bswanson@ci.beverly-hills.ca.us



Legal Aid Society of San Diego
Provides legal services to low-income residents of San Diego city and county. Branch office in Oceanside.
Address: 110 S Euclid Avenue
San Diego, CA 92114-3796
Phone: (619) 262-5557
Fax: (619) 263-5697
Email: ajabum@lassd.org



Tenants Legal Center of San Diego
A community law office in San Diego. Attorneys provide low cost legal assistance to residential tenants.
Address: 5252 Balboa Ave Ste 408

San Diego, CA 92117-6939

Phone: Office: (858) 571-7100
Recorded landlord-tenant information: (858) 571-1166
URL: http://www.tenantslegalcenter.com/
Email: info@tenantslegalcenter.com



Los Angeles Housing Department
Publishes a “Landlord-Tenant Handbook” available to the public for free by request. For Los Angeles residents, these are the people to call about rent stabilization, rent reduction, rent escrow, and urgent repairs.
Address: 111 N Hope St
Los Angeles, CA 90012-2607
Phone: (800) 994-4444
URL: http://www.ci.la.ca.us/LAHD/



Coalition for Economic Survival
Organizes tenants in Los Angeles and West Hollywood and conducts tenants’ rights clinics
Address: 1296 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046-5206
Phone: (323) 656-4410
Fax: (323) 656-4416
URL: http://nkla.sppsr.ucla.edu/ces/
Email: contactCES@earthlink.net



Los Angeles County Department of Consumer Affairs
Provides information on State Law regarding renting units in California, repair and rent deduction, habitability, moving out, security deposits, retaliatory evictions, rental agreements, abandonment, and the protection of privacy.
Address: 500 W. Temple Street Room B-96
Los Angeles, CA 90012-2706
Phone: (213) 974-1452
URL: http://consumer-affairs.co.la.ca.us/



San Francisco Rent Stabilization and Arbitration Board
Address: 25 Van Ness Ave., Suite 320
San Francisco, CA 94102-6033
Phone: (415) 252-4600
Fax: (415) 252-4699
URL: http://www.sfgov.org/rentboard/
Email: rent_board@ci.sf.ca.us



San Francisco Tenants Union
Provides tenant counseling, organizing, and lobbying. The SFTU is an established and respected institution.
Address: 558 Capp Street
San Francisco, CA 94110-2516
Phone: (415) 282-6622
URL: http://www.sftu.org/
Email: info@sftu.org



Eviction Defense Collaborative
Assists residential tenants in San Francisco to respond to eviction lawsuits (for tenants who have received a summons for unlawful detainer) and to represent themselves in court. Also administers a rental assistance loan program for long-term tenants who need one-time help with the rent in order to be able to keep their homes.
Address: 433 South Van Ness
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: (415) 431-8831



Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco
Provides tenant counseling, organizing assistance, and legislative advocacy.
Address: 427 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102-4510
Phone: (415) 703-8644
URL: http://www.hrcsf.org/
Email: info@hrcsf.org



Project Sentinel
Project Sentinel serves Northern California. It offers information about rights, provides landlord/tenant mediation, and investigates allegations of housing discrimination.
Phone: (650) 321-6291
URL: http://www.housing.org



Santa Monicans for Renters Rights
Advocacy group
Address: 1511 Ashland Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90405-4807
URL: http://www.smrr.org/
Email: info@smrr.org



Santa Monica Rent Control Board
Address: 1685 Main Street Rm 202

Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: (310) 458-8751
URL: http://pen.ci.santa-monica.ca.us/rentcontrol/
Email: rent-control@ci.santa-monica.ca.us



Fair Housing Council of Orange County
They provide assistance in housing discrimination matters, comprehensive landlord/tenant counseling, are a HUD certified housing counseling agency, operate a mediation program and offer legal representation in some cases.
Address: 201 S. Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701-5633
Phone: (714) 569-0823
(800) 698-3247
TTY: (714) 835-5667
URL: http://www.fairhousingoc.org



Fair Housing of Sonoma County
FHOSC provides free information and referral services on Fair Housing and Tenant-Landlord laws and practices for all residents of Sonoma County and the city of Santa Rosa.

250 Sebastopol Rd

Santa Rosa, CA 95407

Phone: (707) 579-5033
URL: http://www.fhosc.org



West Hollywood Rent Stabilization Dept
Address: West Hollywood, CA
Phone: (323)  848-6400
URL: http://www.weho.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=nav&navid=30



California Housing Law Project
The California Housing Law Project lobbies the California State Legislature for affordable housing and tenants rights. Their website provides news, facts, and action alerts related to affordable housing and tenants’ rights in California.
Address: 1225 8th St, Ste 425

Sacramento, CA 95814

URL: http://www.housingadvocates.org
Email: mbrown@housingadvocates.o


Last Revision:  11.01.2008
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