Fair Housing Services

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Effective July 1, 2011, the City of Santa Barbara's Rental Housing Mediation Task Force (RHMTF) will be performing various Fair Housing services for the benefit of Goleta tenants and landlords. As part of the City's agreement with the Rental Housing Mediation Task Force, services include:

1. Providing information on California Rules and Regulations pertaining to Landlord/Tenant rights and responsibilities to parties in a residential rental housing situation.

2. Offering mediation services, by telephone, to Tenants and Landlords regarding disputes pertaining to residential rental housing.

3. Providing referrals to other social service agencies.

Rental housing disputes include issues such as:

  • Security deposits

  • Termination of tenancies (3-day/30-day)

  • Habitability and repair

  • Invasion of privacy

  • Rent increases

  • Forcible evictions (utility shut-off, lock-outs, removal of doors or windows and removal of Tenant's property)

  • General information, including but not limited to: lease termination, retaliatory eviction, rent withholding, repair & deduct, abandonment, last month's rent, change in terms of tenancy, late fee, co-Tenants, sub-Tenants, lodgers, and guests

Telephone mediations and information services of the RHMTF are available free of charge for rental properties located within the City of Santa Barbara, City of Carpinteria, and City of Goleta. For more information and assistance, please call (805) 564-5420 or visit http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/Resident/Home/RHMTF/.

Other Assistance:

The Legal Aid Foundation also offers a free *one time* private consultation to persons who meet Legal Aid’s income eligibility and are dealing with a civil case. Additional legal assistance beyond the one-time consultation is offered on a limited basis to qualified low-income persons with housing-related problems. Consultations are typically available on a "first-come first-serve basis" on Wednesday's at 4:00 pm at the GOLETA VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTER Conference Room, 5679 Hollister Avenue, Goleta. Please call 967-1237 to confirm attorney's attendance.

THE LEGAL RESOURCE CENTER - (805) 568-3303
Santa Barbara County Superior Court, McMahon Law Library, 2nd Floor
1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Mondays 1pm to 4 pm
Tuesday 9am to 11:30 and 1:30pm to 4pm
Wednesday - Friday 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm

The Legal Resource Center of Santa Barbara County is staffed by a California licensed attorney, and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

More information about these services can be found on the Legal Aid Foundation's website (www.lafsbc.org/) and other assistance may be obtained by calling the Legal Aid Foundation at (805) 963-6754.

If you would like to report a complaint regarding substandard housing in the City of Goleta, please contact the City’s Code Enforcement Officer at (805) 961-7556.

California Guide to Residential Tenants’ and Landlords’ Rights and Responsibilities

California Department of Fair Employment and Housing

U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Office of Fair Housing: Anyone who feels he or she has been discriminated against may file a complaint of housing discrimination:
1-800-669-9777 (Toll Free)
1-800-927-9275 (TDD)

HUD's Tenant Rights, Laws and Protections - California

National Association of Realtors Fair Housing Information

City of Goleta's Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice

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