Legal Aid

Need Legal Services? Bay Area Legal Aid provides free legal services in the priority areas of housing, domestic violence, public benefits and health access.  Our full legal representation is limited to eligible clients who live in the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Santa Clara, San Francisco, and San Mateo.  Our attorneys and advocates assist many individuals and families with complex legal issues involving unlawful detainer (evictions), Social Security, Medi-Cal, spousal abuse and array of other legal issues within our priorities.
Alameda County: (510) 250-5270
Toll Free: (800) 551-5554

Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach
API Legal Outreach (formerly Nihonmachi Legal Outreach), is a community-based, social justice organization serving the Asian and Pacific Islander communities of the Greater Bay Area.  With a staff of 20 in offices in San Francisco and Oakland, we provide legal, social, and educational services in more than a dozen languages and dialects including Cantonese, Chiu-Chow, Hindi, Ilocano, Japanese, Korean, Lao, Mandarin, Spanish, Tagalog, Taiwanese, Urdu, and Vietnamese.
"This past year, we represented more than several hundred of these survivors of domestic violence in four Bay Area counties: San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Mateo.  We provided legal counseling and referrals to thousands more."
Call: (510) 251-2846
1212 Broadway Street, Suite 400
Oakland, CA 94612

Contra Costa County Bar Association - Community Resources
CCCBA is committed to providing valuable events, programs and legal resources to support members of our community as they navigate the legal system. They also have a Lawyer Referral Service, or by phone (925) 825-5700.

California Tenant Law
If you are facing eviction, there are lots of resources on the web. One of them is California Tenant Law. The first thing is to remember that the 3 day eviction notice is just the start of the process. At a minimum, you have a month before things get critical, and you have lots of options. Check the information and resources on the California Tenant Law web site. The following information is from that web site:

1) The landlord CANNOT lock you out, remove your property, remove doors or windows, or turn off utilities to get you out, in lieu of court; Civil Code 789.3 prohibits that [for residential tenants] and makes the landlord liable to you for actual costs plus $100 per day that it continues, and the police will back you on this one [Penal Code 484].

(2) The landlord CANNOT have the police or Sheriff arrest you for overstaying your welcome, instead of going to court. The Sheriff may be used to serve the eviction papers, but anything beyond that awaits the court's determination, first.

(3) The landlord CANNOT barge in and start doing major construction to make it impossible to live there, or otherwise interfere with your quiet enjoyment to force you out; Civil Code 1940.2 prohibits that, and makes the landlord liable for $2000 for each such attempt, in addition to your actual losses. The police will back you on this one, too [Penal Code 484].

(4) The landlord CANNOT threaten to report you to immigration authorities or other law enforcement, nor make any other threat to get you out. Civil Code 1940.2 prohibits that, and makes the landlord liable for $2000 for each such attempt, in addition to your actual losses. The police will back you on this one, as well [Penal Code 518].