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Leases

A lease is a legally binding contract for a specific amount of time, usually for one year. It should be read carefully and fully understood before signing. Once you sign, you must abide by the conditions for the whole length of the lease.  If you do not understand the language in the lease, please visit the International Education Counseling House and a staff member will be happy to explain it to you. Please keep in mind that we do not have an attorney on staff; for specific legal questions, we recommend you contact one of the agencies below.

State laws address the following issues:

  • lease agreements
  • living conditions
  • responsibilities for repairs and maintenance
  • security deposits
  • privacy
  • discrimination
  • procedures for vacating a rental unit
  • retaliatory evictions

 

Questions on state laws may be directed to:

Los Angeles Consumer Affairs
500 West Temple Street, Room B96
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel: 213-974-1452
Fax: 213-687-0233

 

To receive a copy of the Landlord/Tenant Handbook, contact the Los Angeles Housing Department, Consumer Affairs Division at:

200 North Main Street
1600 City Hall East
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel: 213-485-8324
Fax: 213-847-0402
mediator@atty.ci.la.ca.us

 

Santa Monica City Attorney's Consumer Protection, Fair Housing & Public Rights Unit
1685 Main Street, #310
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Tel: 310-458-8336
Fax: 310-395-6727

 

Web sites to visit for information about laws and regulations:

www.allaw.com

www.findlaw.com

www.nolo.com

www.rental-housing.com

 

Additional Santa Monica Agencies:

Santa Monica Building & Safety
1685 Main Street, #111
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Tel: 310-458-8355
Fax: 310-396-6473

Santa Monica City Clerk
1685 Main Street, #102
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Tel: 310-458-8211
Fax: 310-394-2962

Santa Monica City Council
1685 Main Street, #200
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Tel: 310-458-8201
Fax: 310-458-1621

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
1855 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Tel: 310-458-8551
Fax: 310-394-3411

Santa Monica Community Services
1685 Main Street, #210
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Tel: 310-458-8310
Fax: 310-576-1539

Santa Monica District Attorney
1725 Main Street, #228
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Tel: 310-260-3648

Santa Monica Rent Control
1685 Main Street, #202
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Tel: 310-458-8751