Issues with Renting?
Because Pasadena does not have rent control and eviction protections, for many of the situations below there is little that can be done. But there are still some basic legal requirements that landlords must meet to rent out a place, and if they do not meet these requirements, you have some options available to you. You should find out more through the resources offered in the following sections.
- Rent increase: If you are on a month to month lease, then you can be served with a 30 day notice of a rent increase as long as the increase is less than 10%. For increases greater than 10%, you can be served with a 60 day notice of the increase at any time. Use the resources below to find out more about what you can do.
- Eviction notice/notice to vacate: If you are on a month to month lease, you can be served with a 60 day notice to vacate your home at any time. However, the landlord cannot lock you out or cut off the utilities to get you to move out faster. Use the resources below to find out more about what you can do.
- Habitability issues: The California Civil Code 1941.1 requires that any rented unit be habitable to live in. This means that apartments should have things like working hot water; working heating; no holes in walls, floors, carpet, windows; and other requirements (see the code for full details). If you are experiencing habitability issues, you should document everything and request repairs in writing. If the landlord does not respond in a reasonable amount of time, you can call the City's Code Enforcement Department. Use the resources below to find out more about what you can do.
Tenant Solidarity Hotline
If you have issues with your housing, if you think something illegal is happening to you, give us a call. 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.
The resources we list here are for general education and are for reference only. Please contact the resources directly for up-to-date information. The following agencies are not endorsed by or affiliated with Pasadena Tenants Union.
Tenant rights in Pasadena / Derechos de inquilinxs en Pasadena
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 great resource for understanding tenant rights in Pasadena. However, please note there are some important differences between LA and Pasadena, such as the lack of rent control in Pasadena. So all sections about the "Rent Stabilization Ordinance" in the handbook do not apply here.
Information on repairs and habitability issues in Pasadena / Información sobre reparaciones en Pasadena
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 Resources Center, Pasadena Office
Fair Housing in Pasadena
What is my district in Pasadena?
A California-wide legal resource directory for tenants
California Tenants Handbook