Tenant-Landlord Advising Resources

California Tenants: A Guide to Residential Tenants' and Landlords' Rights and Responsibilities (PDF)


California Rural Legal Assistance
Provides free legal advice for low income tenants
21 Carr Street
Watsonville
(831) 724-2253


Lawyer Referral Service
A non-profit which refers an attorney familiar with tenant-landlord law to tenants who do not qualify for California Rural Legal Assistance and to landlords.
(831) 425-4755


Self-Help Center of Santa Cruz County
Provides assistance for residential eviction (Unlawful Detainers), sub-leasing eviction, and Small Claims Court for both tenants and landlords.
(831) 786-7200 (option 4)


Small Claims Court information


California Courts Online Self-Help Center provides information for housing eviction, foreclosure, security deposits, and FAQs concerning these matters.


Santa Cruz County Law Library provides free online full-text pdf access to hundreds of self-help publications. "This database offers the everyday user the necessary tools and detailed “how-to” instructions to independently address a wide-range of legal issues."


Mediation
The UCSC Restorative Justice Program provides a constructive dialogue process for housemates to address conflict, build understanding, enhance communication and develop mutual agreements to make things right. All services are free, voluntary and private. vduval@ucsc.edu (831) 459-3451

There are also mediation services available before you file in Small Claims Court and there is mandatory mediation in court the day of your small claims hearing. More information is available in the flyers below.


Foreclosure Hotline for Tenants
(888) 495-8020


UCSC Confidential Counseling Service
Counseling and Psychological Services offers currently enrolled UCSC students counseling for personal, academic, social, or family concerns.
(831) 459-2628
Monday-Friday 8:00 to 5:00