Programs that provide assistance for people are being evicted, either wrongfully or with reason, from their apartments or other rental property. Also included are programs that attempt to prevent eviction and possible homelessness by providing mediation services to negotiate a compromise between an individual and the landlord.
Membership organizations that apartment owners and other landlords can join for a yearly fee that provide legal assistance for members who are having disputes with their tenants, copies of forms such as unlawful detainer notices, tenant screening assistance, low cost insurance, political representation and/or a variety of informational services concerning the rights and responsibilities of owners and renters, small claims court procedures, the steps in the eviction process, rent control requirements and other issues that have an impact on landlords.
Programs that provide information and guidance for landlords who need to know their rights and responsibilities regarding leases and rental agreements, deposits, legal eviction procedures, rent control requirements and other issues that are of particular interest to landlords. Landlord rights counselling may also include assistance in completing forms, and advice regarding a particular dispute or regarding contact with offending tenants to notify them that they are out of compliance with landlord/tenant laws.
Programs that help tenants and landlords resolve disputes regarding security and other rental deposits, unsanitary conditions, failure to make repairs, privacy, notice requirements, excessive rent increases, nonpayment of rent, neglect or damage to property, overcrowding or other grievances.
Programs that investigate cases in which owners of rental property have reportedly increased their rents beyond the limits established by local rent control ordinances, that determine the legitimacy of certain exceptional rent increases and that recommend prosecution or other sanctions against landlords whose rent increases are not legitimate.
Programs that provide information and guidance for tenants who need to know their rights and responsibilities regarding leases and rental agreements, deposits, legal eviction procedures, measures to protect themselves from unlawful or retaliatory evictions, rent withholding rights, rent control requirements, privacy rights and other issues that may be of particular interest to tenants. Tenant rights counselling may also include assistance in completing forms, advice regarding a particular dispute and contact with the offending landlord to provide notification that she or he is not in compliance with landlord/tenant laws.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.