Eviction and Landlord-Tenant Issues Category: Courts and Procedure


An eviction (also called an “unlawful detainer”) is the legal process used by a landlord to remove a tenant from a rental property. California law provides very strict guidelines and procedures for unlawful detainer actions. A landlord’s failure to comply with these guidelines may result in the court dismissing the eviction case.

Security Deposits

Moving out of your rented residence? Under California Civil Code 1950.5(f), you are entitled to a pre-move-out inspection if you request it. This inspection should occur during the last two weeks of your tenancy, and is not available to tenants who are being evicted. After the inspection, your landlord will...

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Unlawful Detainer Advisory Clinic, Sacramento
Senior Legal Hotline
Estates Wills and Trusts

Free legal advice and assistance to those age 60+ on almost any civil issue. Common issues are tenants’ rights, estate planning, grandparent’s rights, pensions, and public benefits. No criminal law or assistance with conservatorships. Must have legal immigratnt status.

Legal Services of Northern California
Courts and Procedure

Provides free civil representation to low-income clients on issues related to  housing (landlord-tenant disputes) and government benefits issues (CalWorks, General Assistance, Social Security, Unemployment, etc.), health benefits (Medi-Cal, Medicare, Covered California, private insurance, etc.), and other civil legal matters.

Disability Rights California  
Administrative Law

Advice on rights, some legal representation available for disability-related legal matters.

Community Legal Services Clinic (McGeorge)

Students at the McGeorge School of Law can serve low-income clients in the areas of Immigration, Bankruptcy, Elder & Health Law, and Homeless Advocacy.

Civil Rights Department (Formerly Dept of Fair Employment and Housing)
Civil and Human Rights

Investigates and provides conciliation services in cases of unlawful discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. Complaints can be filed online or by mail.

Project Sentinel

Project Sentinel’s Fair Housing Center offers services for tenants/homeseekers who are experiencing housing discrimination.

Tenant Protection Program (City of Sacramento)

Sacramento’s Tenant Protection Program assists residential tenants and landlords with questions about annual rent increase limits and protections for unjustified evictions, facilitating a fair rate of return or pre-eviction hearings, and administering and enforcing City code.

Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA)
Estates Wills and Trusts

Case consultations on housing, predatory and unfair lending, estate planning, foreclosure prevention, reentry, and credit.

Eligibility: low to moderate income

Sacramento Justice League

Sacramento Justice League is a nonprofit corporation in Sacramento offering low cost legal services and occasional free clinics. Topics covered include:

  • Direct Family Law Legal Services
  • Name Changes/Birth Certificate Changes
  • Criminal Expungement Assistance
  • Credit and Debt Relief Assistance
  • Self-Represented Family Law Workshops
  • Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
  • Landlord/Tenant Issues
  • Bankruptcy
Sacramento Renters Helpline

The Renters Helpline provides free information to tenants on their rights and responsibilities and offer tenant-landlord dispute resolution

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