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Can my landlord raise my rent? By how much?

State law lets your landlord raise the rent if they give you enough notice about it. Get the details here. #6342EN

Can I change the date my rent is due?

You can now ask your landlord to change the date your rent is due. Learn why you might want to do this, and how to do it. #6343EN

My landlord enters my rental unit without my permission

Find out what you can do if your landlord comes in and out of the rental unit, without written notice or asking permission. #6325EN

Public Utilities

General information about your rights when dealing with public utilities. #0700EN

I need to respond to an eviction lawsuit as soon as possible

If you got legal papers from your landlord called a Summons and Complaint for Unlawful Detainer, read this and try to talk to a lawyer right away. #6309EN

How do I sue in Small Claims Court?

In Small Claims Court, you can sue for up to $10,000. This is meant to be a quick, cheap way to resolve a dispute you could not otherwise settle. It is not complicated. Lawyers generally cannot take part. There are no juries, motions or objections. There is only a small charge for filing a lawsuit. You can get a trial date much sooner than in other courts. Most trials last about 20 minutes. #9940EN

I’ve moved out. My former landlord says I owe damages.

It is important to dispute in writing damages you are not responsible for. Sample letters to the landlord included. #6372EN

Getting Your Security Deposit Back

Advice and instructions on how to get your security deposit back from your landlord. Learn the difference between damages the landlord can charge you for versus normal wear and tear. Includes forms you can use. #6370EN

Can my landlord raise my rent? By how much?

State law lets your landlord raise the rent if they give you enough notice about it. Get the details here. #6342EN

Can I change the date my rent is due?

You can now ask your landlord to change the date your rent is due. Learn why you might want to do this, and how to do it. #6343EN

I need to respond to an eviction lawsuit as soon as possible

If you got legal papers from your landlord called a Summons and Complaint for Unlawful Detainer, read this and try to talk to a lawyer right away. #6309EN

Can I change the date my rent is due?

You can now ask your landlord to change the date your rent is due. Learn why you might want to do this, and how to do it. #6343EN

I’ve moved out. My former landlord says I owe damages.

It is important to dispute in writing damages you are not responsible for. Sample letters to the landlord included. #6372EN

Getting Your Security Deposit Back

Advice and instructions on how to get your security deposit back from your landlord. Learn the difference between damages the landlord can charge you for versus normal wear and tear. Includes forms you can use. #6370EN

Can my landlord raise my rent? By how much?

State law lets your landlord raise the rent if they give you enough notice about it. Get the details here. #6342EN

Can I change the date my rent is due?

You can now ask your landlord to change the date your rent is due. Learn why you might want to do this, and how to do it. #6343EN

My landlord enters my rental unit without my permission

Find out what you can do if your landlord comes in and out of the rental unit, without written notice or asking permission. #6325EN

If you are a renter who has or might have Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Find out what rights you might have around being able to stay in your rental if you have or have been exposed to COVID-19. #6339EN

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