Community Legal Services East Palo Alto: 650-326-6440 (now serving Mountain View) provides free legal aid to tenants
Tenants Together: (888) 495 8020 provides tenant counseling over the phone to tenants across the state certain days of the week
Law Foundation of Silicon Valley services:
- Volunteer Eviction Assistance Clinic: (408) 280-2424 Provides limited assistance to Santa Clara County tenants facing eviction.
- Fair Housing Law Project: (408) 280-2452 Provides free legal representation to victims of housing discrimination.
- Mental Health Advocacy Project: (408) 280-2420 Provides free legal representation to mental health and developmental services consumers who have housing problems.
- Health Legal Services: (408) 280-2430 Provides free legal representation to individuals with HIV/AIDS or diabetes who have housing problems.
Project Sentinel: 1-888-331-3332 Provides a variety of services (including mediation services) and advice regarding landlord-tenant problems in some jurisdictions. Investigates claims of housing discrimination.
Bay Area Legal Aid: (408) 850-7066 Provides free legal representation to low-income tenants with housing problems.
Asian Law Alliance: (408) 287-9710 Provides free legal representation to tenants with housing problems.
Pro Bono Project Lawyers in the Library: (408) 808-2382 http://www.probonoproject.org/other-services/ Provides free 20-minute legal consultation on a variety of legal matters.
Eviction Information: Santa Clara County Superior Court Self-Service Center: In-person 99 Notre Dame Ave., San Jose CA 95113 Provides assistance to tenants and landlords with eviction paperwork. M, T, Th 8:30-3
SCC Department of Human Relations, Dispute Resolution Services: (408) 792-2314 Provides low cost neutral-third-party dispute resolution services between tenants and landlords, tenants and other tenants, and neighbors.
California Department of Fair Employment and Housing: 1-800-233-3212 State agency responsible for taking complaints of housing discrimination.
Superior Court Small Claims Advisor: http://www.scscourt.org/self_help/small_claims/small_claims_advisor.shtml
Provides information about how to bring a small claims case (e.g. for tenants: improper security deposit withholding, habitability problems; for landlords: unpaid rent, damages).
Online Handbook: California Tenants – A Guide to Residential Tenants’ and Landlords’ Rights and Responsibilities: http://www.dca.ca.gov/publications/landlordbook/index.shtml