Tenants’ Rights Program

 

Stop displacement, maintaining neighborhoods and stabilizing our communities are very important goals for the Tenants’ Rights Program. We have crafted a program providing several venues for services, with the intention of reducing stress and increasing the availability of quick and effective assistance. Our services are the following:

1. Eviction Defense Representation

Tenants’ Rights Program attorneys represent tenants with evictions in Alameda County. Tenants who have received unlawful detainers should call for an appointment immediately. Tenants will be given the first appointment available. Please call (510) 437-1554

2. Legal Clinics

Centro Legal operates multiple legal clinics each week. Tenants at all of our clinics are seen on a first-come, first-served basis and must meet HUD’s low income guidelines to obtain a consultation. Legal assistance can be found at the following clinics:

  • Monday Rapid Housing Questions and Referral Clinic: Oakland Tenants Only

Monday’s at Oakland’s Housing Assistance Center (250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 6th floor, Oakland) from 9:00 – 11:00 AM. This drop-in clinic: you do not need an appointment. All tenants arriving by 11:00 AM will receive a brief consultation and, if necessary, referral to an extended services appointment.

*Please note: because this is an off-site clinic, we cannot see returning clients here. If you’ve had a consultation with a housing attorney in the previous six months, you must return to our Fruitvale office for ongoing assistance. You are encouraged to call to see what is the best option for follow up.

  • Tuesday Afternoon Notice Hour: Received a notice and need to know what to do?

The eviction process is very quick. To address the need to understand what a written notice means, we have implemented “Notice Hour.” Tenants may come with written notices at 2:30 Tuesdays Tenants will receive a brief consultation and, if necessary, referral to an extend services appointment.

  • Oakland, Richmond and all south Alameda County residents

Thursdays at Centro Legal tenants who arrive by 9:00 AM will receive a brief consultation and, if necessary, referral to an extended services appointment.

  • Last Friday of the Month – Hayward Tenants Rights Legal Clinic

We offer monthly clinics at Hayward City Hall on the 4th Friday of each month. Know Your Rights Presentations (open to all) followed by attorney consultations for up to six low-income tenants.

3. Know Your Rights Trainings for Buildings

Tenant’s Rights Program attorneys are available to provide Know Your Rights trainings to groups, including residents of entire buildings. In order to stop displacement, we need to make sure all tenants in a building are protected. The loss of even one tenant from a building chips away at our vibrant communities. Tenants are invited to contact the Tenants’ Rights Program to schedule a building-wide training. These trainings are generally scheduled for Tuesdays between 3:00 – 7:00 PM (generally at least 80% of the building will attend).

Policy Advocacy

Centro Legal has ongoing relationships with community advocates and service providers to low income residents in the Bay Area. Through these partnerships and collaborations, Centro Legal advocates for policies that will protect low income tenants in the Alameda County.

Specifically, Centro Legal provides support to community advocates in drafting proposed tenant protection legislation, as well as feedback to Hayward and Oakland administrative personnel to ensure enforcement of local ordinances. Centro Legal also regularly speaks at city council meetings to provide information and insight to councilmembers regarding the realities facing low income tenants in the Bay Area.