Landlord & Tenant Information & Referral Resources in San Mateo County
www.landlordtenantinfo.org in English & Spanish
TENANT RIGHTS LANDLORD RIGHTS DON’T FORGET TO:
• A livable rental unit. • To receive rent on time. • Get help now if you are being evicted.
Contact one of the legal assistance
• Written 24-hour advance notice of the • To have the unit kept clean.
agencies listed below.
owner's intent to enter the property,
• To have tenants respect the rights of
except in emergencies. • Keep a file with papers such as your
rental agreement or lease, notices,
• A prompt response to a written request
• To have the tenant repair or pay for letters, photos, and notes about phone
repair to things he or she damages. calls.
• 30 days written notice of a rent increase
• To limit the number of people living in • Contact a community mediation
under 10% and 60 days written notice of
the unit. program if you have problems talking
a rent increase over 10%.
to your landlord or tenant. Most cases
• To sell the building. that come to mediation are
• Return of the security deposit within 21
days of leaving a unit and an itemized successfully resolved.
statement of any money withheld.
FREE LEGAL AID FOR LOW-INCOME HOUSING ASSISTANCE WEB SITES
TENANTS Human Investment Project, HIP Housing Law Help, California
Bay Area Legal Aid 650-358-0745 650-348-6660 A wide range of information and
San Mateo County, Office of Housing www.lawhelpcalifornia.org
Community Legal Services in 650-802-3300
East Palo Alto 650-326-6440 Landlord & Tenant Information & Referral
San Mateo County, Aging and Adult Collaborative, a Spanish/English web
La Raza Centro Legal 415-575-3500 Services 800-675-8437 site with information and referrals:
866-4LARAZA TDD 800-994-6166 www.landlordtenantinfo.org
Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County Coastside Opportunity Center San Mateo Court, get information and
650-558-0915 650-726-9071 complete papers online at:
Daly City Community Services Center
Stanford Community Law Clinic 650-991-8007 California Courts Self-Help Center:
El Concilio Emergency Services
LOW COST LEGAL AID 650-330-7432 Nolo Press:
San Mateo County Bar Association, www.nolo.com/lawcenter/ency
Fair Oaks Community Center
Lawyer Referral Services 650-369-4149
650-780-7500 California State Laws:
FREE LEGAL AID FOR SENIORS www.leginfo.ca.gov/calaw.html
North Peninsula Neighborhood Service
Senior Legal Hotline 800-222-1753 Center 650-588-8822 BOOKS at YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY
California Tenants, by the Dept of
SMALL CLAIMS COURT Pacifica Resource Center 650-738-7470 Consumer Affairs, a free legal guide on
Northern Branch 650-877-5775
tenant and landlord rights and
Central Branch 650-573-2605 Samaritan House 650-347-3648 responsibilities. To order, 800-952-5210
Southern Branch 650-363-4303
or 916-322-1700 (TDD). Or online at:
HOUSING DISCRIMINATION www.dca.ca.gov/legal/landlordbook
COMMUNICATION & MEDIATION Mid-Peninsula Citizens for Fair Housing
Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center 650-327-1718 California Tenants' Rights, 16th ed.
Berkeley, CA: Nolo Press, 2005.
Project Sentinel 650-321-6291
Small Claims Mediation Program California Landlord’s Law Book, Vol. 1:
650-573-3907 California Dept of Fair Employment and Rights and Responsibilities, 11th ed.
Housing 800-233-3212 Berkeley, CA: Nolo Press, 2004.
HUD/SECTION 8 HOUSING
San Mateo County Housing Authority US Dept of Housing and Urban
650-802-3300 Development 415-436-6550
US Dept of Housing and Urban PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
Development 202-708-1112 California Apartment Association
TTY 202-708-1455 650-685-1814 May 2005