Your rights as a renter

The California Supreme Court has ruled that you have the right to a habitable dwelling. This means your landlord has a legal obligation to repair items that affect the home's livability, including: Fixing broken stoves, pipes, unsafe stairwells and other hazards in a reasonable amount of time, which is usually defined as days. You also have the right to privacy. Your landlord cannot enter the rental property without 24 hours notice or your consent. Please see some of the links below to review your rights as a tenant.

California Department of Consumer Affairs

California Department of Consumer Affairs: Tenant's Rights Handbook

U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development's Renter's page

California Tenants - A guide to Residential Tenants'

and Landlords' Rights and Responsibilities

Community Resources

There are many resources that can assist you in our local community. See the links below for more information.

Redwood Community Action Agency

Legal Services of Northern California

HSU Student Health & Wellbeing Services

Interactive Wellbeing Map

Area 1 Agency on Aging

Humboldt County Housing Division

Rental Insurance

When moving off-campus, bicycles, electronics and other valuables, can often be targets for criminals. Remember, you are responsible for replacing stolen or damaged property, not your landlord. Insurance is a good idea to protect your possessions against theft or loss related to a natural disaster.


(877) 556-3984

National Student Services Inc1-800-256-6774

Farmers Insurance615 11 StArcata, CA 95521(707) 822-2421

Allstate1989 Harrison AveEureka, CA 95501(707) 444-3066

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