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The Renters’ Rights On-Line Legal Help Clinic

Legal advice by attorney Ken Carlson, celebrating his 36th year in landlord-tenant law, protecting California renters’ rights.

What Are Your Rights?

Ken Carlson, Attorney

Landlords often bully and lie to you to prevent you from knowing or using your rights. Rumors of rights abound, making you unsure of what to do. Some laws are unclear, or apply in one city but not another. Many lawyers don’t know what to do, so they tell you to just give up. That’s no answer.
What can you do?
a. Find out how things are supposed to be, so that you can
b. Identify where the real problems are, and then
c. Take effective action to correct them.
The purpose of this website is to clear the air, take away those clouds of trouble and doubt, and help you achieve what you want. The law is not a place to guess. You need to know. It is also not a place to “wait and see.” Taking the right steps as early as possible is critical to your goals. If you wait and see, the “light at the end of the tunnel” could be the headlight of an oncoming train.
This website provides free information for you to review, as well as paid legal services and links. You are encouraged to review the free information before you have a consultation, so that you understand the background of the issues you face and can better focus what you need to know.

“The purpose of the law is to prevent the rich from always getting their way.” – James Madison, 1787