Landlord-Tenant

Landlord-tenant law involves renting or leasing residential and commercial properties. This includes the rights of both the owner and renter, and often involves evictions, also known as unlawful detainers, as well as habitability issues. California law provides a number of protections and requirements for both landlords and tenants in their dealings with each other.

Lawsuits related to security deposits are often brought in small claims court. See our Small Claims Law 101 page for more information.

 

Community Resources

Moving truck Eviction
Unlawful Detainer Advisory Clinic
Document review. Fair Housing
Legal Services of Northern California: Fair Housing Department of Fair Employment and Housing

Forms

The Judicial Council creates many of the forms needed for unlawful detainers and related litigation.  For other situations, you may need to create your own forms.

 

Form Resources

Legal forms Judicial Council Forms These mandatory forms can be filled out online.
Law Library Public Computer File Online
Keyboard Request for Return of Security Deposit

Research Guides

The Law Librarians have created these research guides as an aid for those starting a legal research project. These guides recommend print and electronic resources that will help you find answers to your law-related questions. Many guides provide step-by-step information, as well as sample forms, for common legal procedures.

Common Questions

Articles are written by Law Librarians on a variety of common legal issues.

Pamphlets

The Law Librarians created these pamphlets in response to frequently asked questions on subjects not appropriate for more substantive guides.

Videos

Free online videos on landlord-tenant-related topics.

Defaults in UD video Setting Aside Defaults and Default Judgments in Unlawful Detainer Cases Information about how to set aside a default judgment in an eviction case.
Resolving Eviction video Unlawful Detainer (Eviction) Provides information about the options for resolving landlord-tenant disputes.