Tenant Solidarity Hotline
If you have issues with your housing like a conflict with your landlord, contact us. The hotline is run by volunteer members of the union.
We cannot provide you with legal advice but we will do our best to counsel you with information about your rights as a tenant and potential strategies for fighting back.
PTU response to coronavirus/COVID-19
Can't pay rent because of COVID-19? Your landlord is forbidden from evicting you under certain conditions, if you cannot pay rent due to a loss of income related to the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak. But the law can only do so much. PTU is demanding stronger tenant protections. Join us!
An emergency ordinance was passed for the City of Pasadena on March 17, 2020, in part due to efforts by PTU, in response to the outbreak of the coronavirus/COVID-19. Parts of the city's moratorium were superceded by a state law, AB 3088, that was passed in September. As of the date of this note (Dec. 22, 2020), the two laws together do the following:
- The Pasadena emergency ordinance restricts no-fault evictions, meaning you cannot be evicted unless the landlord gives a "just cause." You can find more information in this FAQ from the city.
- The state law, AB 3088, weakens the Pasadena ordinance surrounding non-payment. It forbids evictions due to non-payment of rent if you have a COVID related loss of income, but only if you missed rent for the months of March 2020 to August 2020. For the period between September 1, 2020 and February 1, 2021, the law requires that you pay at least 25% of the rent. For both time periods, you must submit a declaration about your loss of income. More information about this law and the declaration form can be found at the Stay Housed LA Tenant Rights page
Call our Tenant Solidarity Hotline if you have questions about how this ordinance applies to you, and how you can stay in your home. The Pasadena ordinance is in effect for the duration of Pasadena's state of emergency. However, in spite of a lack of resources for those who lose income, tenants are currently still be responsible for the unpaid rent acccumulated during this time, and will be required to pay this "back rent." We need to be connecting with our neighbors and pushing for a cancellation of rent during this pandemic. We demand NO RENT, NO EVICTIONS. Get on our mailing list to join the struggle.
New State Law: Tenant Protection Act (AB 1482)
If it applies to you, rents cannot be increased more than 5% (plus inflation) every year, and you cannot be evicted without just cause!
This law, AB 1482, has been in effect since November 2019 when PTU and allies pressured city council into adopting these statewide protections early, in response to a wave of predatory evictions from greedy landlords.
This law applies to most apartment buildings, and some single family homes. It prevents rent increases of more than 8.3% in 2020. If your rent is 8.3% higher than the rent you paid on March 15, 2019 then you can have your rent decreased. You also cannot be evicted unless there is a specific reason provided. You can find the details of the law using this fact sheet. If you have any questions, or need assistance, please contact us.
The resources we list here are for general education and are for reference only. Please contact the resources directly for up-to-date information.
- Los Angeles Tenants Union Handbook / El Sindicato de Inquilinos de L.A. Guía para Inquilinos
- This handbook assembled by the LA Tenants Union is a very accessible resource for understanding tenant rights that apply across California. However, please note there are some important differences between LA city and Pasadena like the lack of rent control in Pasadena. So all sections about the "Rent Stabilization Ordinance" in the handbook do not apply in Pasadena.
- Habitability issues and how to get repairs / Información sobre reparaciones en Pasadena
- If you are having trouble getting repairs, this document lays out which things are required by law to be repaired, and strategies to get them repaired. Also has information about the Pasadena department that performs inspections.
- Template letters to landlord
- Tenants Together, a statewide group, compiled these template letters that can help you formally communicate with your landlord about the specific problem you are having.
- Housing Rights Center, Pasadena Office
- This organization is epecially helpful if you have a disability, and can work with you to make requests for reasonable accomodations.
- Fair Housing in Pasadena
- Where to report housing discrimination.
- Inclusionary/Low Income Housing Rent Calculator
- If you live in a unit covered by Pasadena's inclusionary housing ordinance (different from Section 8), this calculator can help you determine what is the allowable rent that you can be charged.
- Legal resource directory for tenants (CA wide)
- If you have an issue that requires legal assistance, many organizations are listed here that you can reach out to. Some aim to serve low income people, but others will likely cost you money.
- California Tenants Handbook
- A much more detailed handbook than the LATU one, but useful if you need more information about a specific thing.