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Oakland Tenants’
Rights Handbook
Spring 2017

Contents
06  WELCOME & WHO WE ARE
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 HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF: THE
BASICS Should You Get A Lawyer?
Best Practices for Defending Your
Tenancy What Is A Tenant?

10  SECTION 8 TENANTS
Your Rights as a Section 8 Tenant
The Housing Authority or Your Landlord Gave You an “Intent to Vacate”
Form Does the Oakland Housing Authority Do Tenants’ Rights Work?
Can Your Landlord “Opt-Out” of Section 8 or Evict You?
Getting Repairs Done With Section 8
When Can Your Landlord Raise Your Rent Under Section 8?
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 WHEN IS IT LEGAL TO
EVICT? Eviction Basics
Measure JJ : Rent Control Changes As Of November
2016 Are You Protected By Just Cause?
What If I Am Not Covered Under Just
Cause? Eviction Process Summary

16  EVICTION NOTICES & UNLAWFUL DETAINERS
You Received an Eviction Notice

Is My Eviction Notice Valid?
You Received a 3-Day Notice to “Pay Rent”/”Perform Covenant”
or Quit How to Respond to a 3-Day Notice
Agreements Made With Your Previous Landl