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Legal Help

Housing leases or rental agreements are legal contracts. It is recommended that you contact an attorney before trying to terminate a rental agreement or lease without your landlord’s cooperation. Santa Monica College does not have a student lawyer on staff; for a list of lawyers in our area, please contact the International Education Center or International Counseling Center.

Questions on state laws may be directed to:

County of Los Angeles Department of Consumer Affairs

500 West Temple Street, Room B96

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Tel: (800) 593-8222; (213) 974-1452

Fax: (213) 687-1137

Email: info@dca.lacounty.gov

Website: http://dca.lacounty.gov/

To receive a copy of the Landlord/Tenant Handbook, contact:

Los Angeles Housing & Community Investment Department

1200 West 7th Street, 1st Floor
Los Angeles 90017
Tel: (866) 557-7368
Website: http://lahd.lacity.org/

Santa Monica Consumer Protection

Fair Housing & Public Rights Unit
1685 Main Street, Third Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Tel: (310) 458-8336
Email: consumer.mailbox@smgov.net
Website: http://www.smgov.net/departments/cpu/

Web sites to visit for information about laws and regulations:

Find Law: http://www.findlaw.com
NOLO: http://www.nolo.com
Rental Housing: http://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
Email: planning@smgov.net
Website: http://www.smgov.net/departments/buildingandsafety/

Santa Monica City Clerk

1685 Main Street, #102
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Tel: (310) 458-8211
Fax: (310) 394-2962
Email: clerk@smgov.net
Website: http://www.smgov.net/departments/clerk/

Santa Monica City Council

1685 Main Street, #209
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Tel: (310) 458-8201
Fax: (310) 458-1621
Email: council@smgov.net
Website: http://www.smgov.net/departments/council/

Santa Monica Community Services

1685 Main Street, #210
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Tel: (310) 458-8310
Email: ccs@smgov.net
Website: http://www.smgov.net/departments/ccs/

Santa Monica City Attorney

1725 Main Street, #310
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Tel: (310) 458-8336
Fax: (310) 395-6727
Email: attorney@smgov.net
Website: http://www.smgov.net/departments/cao/

Santa Monica Rent Control

1685 Main Street, #202
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Tel: (310) 458-8751
Email: rentcontrol@smgov.net
Website: http://www.smgov.net/rentcontrol/

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