Tenants’ Rights Program

Legal Services

Centro Legal de la Raza’s Tenants’ Rights Program (aka Housing Program) focuses on ensuring stable, healthy housing to low income tenants. The program emphasizes defense of rent stabilized tenancies so as to curtail rampant displacement of long-term Oakland and Hayward residents. Centro Legal also prioritizes the provision of bilingual, culturally sensitive legal services to monolingual Spanish speakers, as well as limited English speakers, and immigrants (regardless of status). The program works to ensure enforcement of state and local laws. Housing attorneys can provide assistance on the following issues:

  • Eviction-related matters (notices of termination of tenancy, threats of eviction, concerns about risks of eviction, unlawful detainers, etc.)
  • City of Hayward Rent Stabilization Program hearings
  • City of Oakland Rent Adjustment Program hearings
  • General counseling on tenants’ rights
  • How to best represent yourself
  • Assistance with small claims matters related to landlord harassment/retaliation, conditions, and/or other landlord/tenant matters
  • Public outreach and Know Your Rights presentations

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.