you will find a variety of Self-Help Packets that are designed
to give you a basic understanding of various aspects of the
tenant/landlord relationship. They are all available
packets were put together by trained and experienced Housing
Counselors who have used their years of experience in fighting
for tenants' rights to come up with guidance and tips for renters
in need. Also included in some of the packets are sample letters
and letter templates that may prove useful in corresponding
with your landlord or property manager.
of the most important aspects to self-advocacy is to know when
you have gone as far as you can, and when you need to bring
in outside or expert help. If you attempt to resolve a conflict
with your landlord and you get nowhere, the situation deteriorates,
or you are afraid for your safety and rights--get outside help
immediately! In such a situation, both Housing
Rights, Inc. and the East
Bay Community Law Center are able to help or to
refer you to an angency that can help.
remember that this information is primarily based on California
law, and is most relevant to California renters. Furthermore,
these Self-Help packets are designed for renters in cities and
counties that do not
have rent control or just cause eviction regulations. Renters
in such cities and counties have additional rights, and should
contact local officials or agencies to find out what they are.
For a list of jurisdictions that have special laws for renters
you live outside of the San Francisco Bay Area you will want
to call an agency near you. Click here
for the National Contact List.
Housing Rights, Inc. Introduction Letter