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The Rent Control Board makes this list available as a public service. The organizations listed below have been included solely because they claim to provide assistance to landlords or tenants in rent control and consumer-related matters. The Board makes no representations about the organizations named on this list. Inclusion of any organization is not intended in any way as a recommendation or endorsement of such organization. The Board has no knowledge about the types or quality of services provided by these organizations or by any individual attorney who may be recommended by them. Except for those listed, the Board has no knowledge as to the fees, if any, which may be charged for consultation or other services provided. Landlords and tenants who contact organizations or attorneys are advised to request that they be told in advance the services which will be provided plus fees and costs, if any, which they will be required to pay.


 Disabled Residents  Mediation
 Housing – Discrimination & Consumer Issues  Owner Advocacy Organizations
 Housing – Low Income  Property Taxes
 Housing – Emergency & Social Services  Rent Control Agencies
 Housing – Safety, Fire, Health & Zoning  Seniors
 Latino Residents  Small Claims
 Legal Services  Tenant Advocacy Organizations







Disabled Residents

Disability Rights Legal Center - Provides mediation services to persons with disabilities or those whose conflicts involve a person or persons with disabilities

Human Services, City of Santa Monica - Develops and implements social policies and programs that address the needs of community members of all ages

Westside Center for Independent Living - Coordinates a variety of services for persons with disabilities


Housing – Discrimination & Consumer Issues

City Attorney, Consumer Protection Unit, Santa Monica - Investigates complaints of illegal lockouts, utility shutoffs, discrimination, tenant harassment & consumer fraud

Dept. of Consumer Affairs, Los Angeles County - Provides information regarding state landlord/tenant law and other consumer issues


Housing – Low Income

Community Corporation of Santa Monica - Owns/operates units in Santa Monica for low to moderate-income households.

Housing Authority (Section 8) - Coordinates the federal Section 8 program in the City of Santa Monica

Production & Preservation – Santa Monica Housing Division - Inclusionary housing program, affordable rental housing and a senior resource directory

Housing – Emergency & Social Services

211 LA County - Referral to community services

CLARE Foundation - Substance abuse assessment/referral

OPCC - Provides case management, crisis intervention, outreach, referrals and meals to homeless individuals

St. Joseph Center - Emergency and long-term services to homeless and low-income people.


Housing – Safety, Fire, Health & Zoning

Building and Safety Division, Code Compliance Section, City of Santa Monica - Enforces City ordinances and State laws regulating construction activity and the maintenance of building and property in the interest of community health, safety and environmental quality.

Fire Department, City of Santa Monica - Fire Prevention, Hoarding

Planning and Community Development, City of Santa Monica - Information services to enhance and maintain Santa Monica’s environment while ensuring a high quality of life for the community

Air Quality Management District, South Coast, County of Los Angeles - Asbestos issues

Vector Borne Disease Control - Mosquito, bee, or red imported fire ant issues

Los Angeles County Public Health Department - Investigation and enforcement; mold issues


Latino Residents

Latino Resources Organization - Community outreach and referral services to Latino residents living on the Westside

Santa Monica Rent Control Website in Spanish


Legal Services

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles - Provides legal assistance to very low- to moderate-income Santa Monica residents on landlord/tenant, government benefits, domestic violence, family law, unemployment and wage claim issues

Santa Monica Bar Association, Lawyer Referral & Info Service - Provides referrals to attorneys, $25 for initial half-hour consultation

Los Angeles County Bar Association, Smart Law Line - Recorded informational messages 24 hours a day.

Los Angeles County Bar Association, Attorney Referral Service - Referrals to free or low-cost attorneys for low-income clients

Bet Tzedek Legal Services - Assists low-income residents with legal issues but excludes Santa Monica landlord/tenant issues

Los Angeles Housing Law Project - Provides low-cost consultations to tenants in eviction-related actions. Fees are on a sliding scale based on income and family size



Center for Civic Mediation- Owner/Tenant, Tenant/Tenant, Neighbor/Neighbor, Employer/Employee, Family and Domestic law. Lawyer referral service


Owner Advocacy Organizations

ACTION in Santa Monica - Owner members only

Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles (AAGLA) - For owners

California Apartment Association  - For owners


Property Taxes

Recorder/County Clerk, Los Angeles County - Records changes in ownership of real property

Treasurer & Tax Collector, Los Angeles County - Provides information related to property tax records.

Rent Control Agencies

Beverly Hills Rent Stabilization Division
Los Angeles Housing Rent Stabilization Board
West Hollywood Rent Stabilization and Housing Dept. 
Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board
City and County of San Francisco Rent Board



WISE & Healthy Aging  - Synergy of services, information, programs and support for seniors, those who care for them and the professionals who work with them

State Franchise Tax Board - Homeowner & Renter Assistance Claim


Small Claims

Los Angeles County Small Claims Court Advisor Provides legal advice and referrals. 24-hour pre-recorded informational messages on a range of topics

Superior Court of California: Small Claims – General Information - Overall guide to small claims

Department of Consumer Affairs: Using the Small Claims Court - Guide to practical use

Center for Civic Mediation - Landlord/Tenant, Tenant/Tenant, Neighbor/Neighbor, Employer/Employee, Family and Domestic Law


Tenant Advocacy Organizations

Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights (SMRR) - For tenants
Golden State Manufactured Home Owners League - Provides general information on state and local laws and other issues affecting mobile home owners

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