Landlord/Tenant Local Resources

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Local Organizations and Programs Providing Assistance to Tenants

East Bay Community Law Center
2921 Adeline St. (new location as of April 24, 2007)
[between Ashby Ave. and Russell St.]
Berkeley, CA 94703
Telephone: 510-548-4040
Counseling and assistance in filing legal papers (for low-income tenants only). FREE community workshops for (low-income) tenants who have disputes with their landlords. 

Eviction Defense Center
1611 Telegraph Ave., #726
Oakland, CA 94612
Telephone: 510-452-4541
Non-profit, Appt. basis, sliding scale fee: Provide legal assistance to tenants who have been served with a legal complaint or summons. On a case by case basis may intake 1 strike Section 8 evictions.

Tenants Together
995 Market Street., Suite 1202
San Francisco, CA 94103
Telephone: 415-495-8100
A nonprofit organization dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of California tenants to safe, decent and affordable housing.

Bay Area Legal Aid 
for Alameda County
1735 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94612
Legal Advice Line: 510-250-5270 or 1-800-551-5554
Provides legal information and help to low-income people in the following areas: Evictions, Housing Discrimination, Terminations, Disputes, Unsafe or unhealthy housing conditions, Lock-outs and utility shut-offs, and Tenants of foreclosed properties.

Housing Retention Program - Financial assistance is available for Berkeley residents who are behind on paying rent and face possible eviction. Renters can apply for one-time grants of up to $1,500 through the Housing Retention Program, which is administered by the City of Berkeley's Health, Housing and Community Services Department. Funding is limited and a submitted application does not guarantee a grant.

Affordable Housing Resources in Berkeley (the link will take you to the City of Berkeley Housing Department web site)


Student Resources 

ASUC Renters Legal Assistance
UC Berkeley Campus
Hearst Gym,  Rm. 112 (at Bancroft Way & Bowditch St.)
Berkeley, CA 94720
Telephone: 510-642-1755
Counseling, referrals, sample letters (Closed during the summer)

Student Legal Services
(Available at no charge to currently registered UC Berkeley students)
102 Sproul Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
General Info/Appointments: (510) 642-3916
Counseling and referrals, more information at

Resources for Seniors 

Gray Panthers Berkeley/East Bay
Co-Convenors: Steve Geller & Edith Hallberg
6501 Telegraph Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94709
Telephone: 510-595-9696
Websites: Local Organization - and
National Organization -
E-mail :

Legal Assistance for Seniors
1970 Broadway, #300
Oakland, CA 94612
Telephone: 510-832-3040
Fax: 510-987-7399

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 Local Organizations Providing Assistance to Landlords

Berkeley Property Owners Association
2041 Bancroft Way, Suite 203
Berkeley, CA 94704
Telephone: 510-525-3666
Fax:  510-525-8046
Nonprofit association of rental housing providers. Monthly meetings. Tenant screening, reference books, workshops, forms and education. Statutory and Rent Board updates. Referrals. Members only. (open Tuesdays and Wednesdays Noon-3:00 pm by appointment)

Rental Housing Association of Northern Alameda County
360 22nd St., Suite 240
Oakland, CA 94612
Telephone: 510-893-9873 
Fax:  510-893-2906 
The Rental Housing Association of Northern Alameda County is a non-profit advocacy group representing rental property providers in the Cities of Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda, Albany, Emeryville, and Piedmont. Their purpose is to provide a wide range of specialized services and activities to advocate and promote high professional standards and sound business practices in the best interest of the rental housing community.

The Alameda County Bar Association Low-Income Landlord Eviction Assistance Clinic (PDF page, requires Adobe Acrobat)
Alameda County Bar Association
Volunteer Legal Services Corporation
100 Broadway, Suite 480
Oakland, CA 94607
Intake Telephone: 510-302-2222, Option 4
The Low-Income Landlord Eviction Assistance Clinic is the only free legal clinic in Alameda County that is dedicated only to landlords.

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Local Organizations Providing Assistance to
Tenants and Landlords

Mediation Services

SEEDS Community Resolution Center
2530 San Pablo Avenue - Suite A 
Berkeley, CA 94702
Telephone: 510-548-2377
Fax:  510-548-4051
Hours:  Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mediation, facilitation and training. Can schedule a mediation session within 7 to 10 business days of original call.
$50 per session. (Sliding scale available)

Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board
2125 Milvia Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
Telephone: 510-981-7368 (981-RENT)
Website: or
Mediation available to landlords and tenants

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General Resources


Lawyers in the Library - Berkeley Public Library
North Berkeley Branch;  1170 The Alameda, 981-6250
3rd Thursdays of the month, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
South Berkeley Branch; 1901 Russell St, 981-6260 
4th Thursdays of the month, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Claremont Branch; 2940 Benvenue Ave, 981-6280
2nd Thursdays of the month, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
West Berkeley Branch; 1125 University Ave, 981-6270
2nd Fridays of the month, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Free legal advice and referrals in areas such as employment, consumer, landlord/tenant rights and domestic relations. In-person sign-ups only: For evening sessions, sign-ups begin at 5 p.m. For morning sessions, signs-ups are held between 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. the day prior. Names pulled by lottery at 6 p.m.

Alameda County Bar Association
Lawyer Referral Service
Telephone: 510-302-2222
Contact the Alameda County Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) to request a referral to a pre-screened lawyer with experience in the area(s) of law that you need help with. You can request a lawyer by phone at (510) 302-2222, Monday–Friday, 8:30AM–5:00PM, or submit a request online using the secure form at The fee is waived for personal injury, workers' compensation, sexual harassment or medical malpractice cases. For all other areas of law, there is a non-refundable $35 fee and you will receive up to a ½ hour consultation with an attorney.

Alameda County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Program
Telephone: 510-302-2222
Representation in family law, probate, debt collection defense, immigration, etc. to low-income clients. Clinics on family law, child custody, and immigration. Call for further details, to establish eligibility or to make an appointment.  Note: Telephone service only. Due to limited staff resources and security issues, we are not able to accept walk-in requests for assistance.

Alameda County Small Claims Court
(Part of the Alameda County Superior Court system)

Small Claims - Information and Assistance (PDF page, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
Self-Help Center of the Alameda County Superior Court. (510) 272-1393. Phone Hours: Monday to Thursday, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. only. Calls are answered and messages accepted during these hours only. Messages left outside these hours will not be returned (as of 4/24/2012). Please read the information provided on the webpage (PDF file) for scheduled in-person clinics and clinic locations.  

Asian Law Caucus
55 Columbus Ave. 
San Francisco, CA 94511 
Telephone: (415) 896-1701 
Fax: (415) 896-1702
Languages:  Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese
Call for appointment (free clinics held every Wednesday 2:00-4:00 pm and 1st and 3rd Tuesday 5:00-6:30 pm)


 California Department of Fair Employment and Housing
Bay Area Regional Office
39141 Civic Center Dr., #250 
Fremont, CA 94538
Telephone: 510-789-1085/ 800-233-3212
Fax: 1-888-519-5917
Protecting the people of California from unlawful discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations, and from the perpetration of acts of hate violence.

Law Center for Families
(formerly Community Legal Aid Society)
510 16th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Telephone: 510-451-9261
Fax: 510-763-2169
Free legal services in civil areas (family law, housing, SSI, etc.) to qualifying low-income clients.  Call first to establish eligibility and make appointment.

Northern California Land Trust (NCLT)
3126 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA, 94705
Telephone: 510-548-7878
Fax:  510-548-7562
A non-profit corporation creating opportunities for permanently affordable home ownership using the community land trust (CLT) model for households without access to the traditional home ownership market.

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