Sonoma County Fair Housing
Serving the County of Sonoma
Fair Housing Sonoma County offers free, non-biased services available to all tenants, agents and landlords who live in, manage or own property in Sonoma County. Problems relating to rental housing such as eviction, 3-day Notice to Vacate, rent increases, unpaid rent, repairs, reasonable accommodations, damages, deposits, privacy, discrimination or lease and rental agreement questions. Fair Housing workshops will be presented to organizations such as the Realtors Association, property owners and property managers and cover Housing Practices.
The federal Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, familial status (families with children), and disability. In addition to these classifications, California law prohibits discrimination on the basis of ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, source of income, and other arbitrary discrimination based on personal characteristics, such as "age."
Contact PPSC if you have questions about housing 707-765-8488
TENANT AND LANDLORD RIGHTS AND RESPONSILITIES
MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How can I get my deposit back?
A landlord often requires a security deposit. Normally, the landlord may keep only that part of the deposit reasonably necessary to pay for unpaid rent, to repair damages to the dwelling caused by the tenant and warranted cleaning. Your landlord may no claim monies for damages or defective conditions that existed before your tenancy. Call PPSC to better understand your rights.
Do I have to pay if I don't give notice of my plans to move far enough in advance of leaving the premisis?
Yes, written notice of your plans to leave mus always be given in advance. Oral notice is not legally enough even if you have an oral rental agreement. Call PPSC for more info on your responsilities as a tenant.
How do I get my landlord to make repairs?
If your dwelling is in need of serious repairs, you may consider using either of the following approaches to pressure your landlord to fix the problem. RENT WITHOLDING, A court decision has said that in each rental agreement there is an implied warranty of "habitability" (i.e., a landlord must put a building into a condition fit for human occupancy). You cannot sign away your right to this warranty of "habitability". If you decide to withold rent, it can be complicated process and you should speak with a lawyer, contact PPSC for informaion on how to proceed. REPAIR AND DEDUCT, you can also tyr to get the repairs made using the steps outlined in a law which says that a landlord must repair all problems wich fall under minimum obligations of habitablity. Contact PPSC for informaiton on how to proceed.
Can a landlord raise my rent
During a month to month tenancy your landlord can raise your rent any amount if he/she gives you written notice. A 30-day notice must be given, however a 60-day notice is required in its place if the rent increase plus any increased in the previous 12 months add up to more than 10%. So in calculating to see if the most recent increase is over 10% you will also need to include any increases 12 months prior as a combined total calculation. YOUR LANDLORD CANNOT RAISE THE RENT DURING A LEASE UNLESS IT IS AGREED TO IN THE LEASE AGREEMENT.
Can my landlord enter my dwelling?
You have a basic right of privacy which your landlord should respect. Your landlord may enter your place only in the following cases:
In an emergency.
To make necessary or agreed repairs, decorations, alterations or improvements, supply necessary or agreed services, or exhibit the dwelling unit to perspective or actual purchasers, mortgagees, tenants, workers or contractors to make an inspection pursant to subdivision (f) of Seciont 1905.
When you abandoned or given up the premises.
As a result of a court order.
Can a landlord discriminate against certain kinds of tenants?
A property owner/manager or agent is prohibited from discrmination on the grounds of race, color, religion, mational orgin, ancestry, sex-(included sexual harassment), sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, medical condition, familial status or source of income in the sale or rentiing of housing. This includes arbitray dicrimination (e.g., welfare, long hair, etc.). A landlord cannot refuse to rent to tenants just because the household includes one or more children. Both federal and state law probit "ADULT ONLY HOUSING", bu apartment complexes or mobile home parks that meet the legally designated standards for senior housing may exclude families with chidren.
A landlord or manager is also prohibited from makeing any inquiry regarding the immigration or citizenship status of any tenant or prospective tenant. During tenancy a landlord is prohibiited from treating one class of residents differently than another, for example responding more slowly, or preforming work haphazardly for minorities, families, or any sub-group resident. Rules should be the same for everyone and not overly restrictive, in particular a property owner/mamnager/agent canont place limitiations in regard to terms, condidtions, privileges, servies, or facilities based on the residents ages. If you fee you have been discriminated agains you may file a complaint with the state Department of Fair Employment and Housing or the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, (HUD). PPSC has the necessary forms to assit you in this course of action.
Contact PPSC if you have any question. firstname.lastname@example.org
call 765-8488, ask for a Fair Housing Specilists to make an appointment.
PPSC Homelessness Prevention
for Petaluma, and Penngrove
The Homeless Prevention Program provides ONE-TIME ONLY grants on behalf of individuals who are at risk of losing their housing because of unpaid rent or because they need help with a deposit. This is not an entitlement program. Applicants may be rejected for not meeting program guidelines and criteria, or if there are no funds available at the time of application to provide assistance. The grant is intended to be used as a last resource by clients; all feasible means of alternative help should be exhausted before applying for assistance.
The grant does not cover an Entire Security Deposit. The grant does not cover Rent for applicants who are on Section 8/HUD.
Rent cannot exceed 65% of applicant’s Total Monthly Gross Household Income. For example, if your rent is $500 a month, then your total gross monthly income for the household needs to be $800 month to meet qualification criteria. See the table for other rent/income requirements.
Applicant (s) must meet Program Qualification Criteria:
Priority is given to Families, Elderly and Disabled Applicants.
Must have a Rental Agreement and live in Petaluma, Coati or Penngrove.
Rent cannot exceed 65% of applicant’s Total Monthly Gross Household Income.
Income can be from Wages, Welfare, Food Stamps, Unemployment, Social Security, Disability, etc.
Must have Verifiable Proof of total household income and account for each ember in the household.
Must have documentation to verify why you are requesting rental assistance Example: Fell behind in rent due to illness—bring in your doctor’s statement.
Your Landlord must be willing to complete a W9 form or Authorization to Return of Deposit from (Form will be given at applicant's scheduled appointment
Be willing to wait to see if application is approved
Please first review this information. If you feel you meet the guidelinesoin this webpage, call 765-8488, ask for Ortencia to make an appointment.
Documentation required for processing the application:
Rental Agreement with Landlord’s Name, Address and Phone Number
Social Security Cards for every member of the household
Proof of income for the household
Last two Bank statements
Documentation verifying why you are requesting rental assistance
All of the above Documentation is required to complete your application at the time of your appointment. Incomplete applications cannot be processed during the current month. Additional documentation may be deemed necessary in some cases.
Be sure to keep your appointment (or give a minimum of 24 hours cancellation notice) or you will have to wait until the next month to apply for assistance.
After your appointment, wait to hear from PPSC regarding the status of you application. PPSC will contact your Landlord, your Employer etc, and then you so please be patient.
Other Rental Assistance Referral Programs in Sonoma County
If you live in:
Santa Rosa, call 707-544-6911
Sebastopol, call 707-869-0654
Healdsburg, call 707-433-6161
Rohnert Park, call 707-588-2285
Prevención para que no quede sin vivienda
Asistencia para pagar su alquiler
por una sola vez Petaluma y Penngrove
Las Reglas del Programa
Cliente(s) tiene que cumplir con los requisitos del programa.
Prioridad se le otorgara a familias, personas mayores de edad, y a personas incapacitadas.
Tener un contrato en escrito y vivir en Petaluma, Cotati, Penngrove.
Renta no tiene que ser mas de 65% de su ingreso mensual
Ingresos pueden ser de Salarios, Asistencia del gobierno, Estampillas de comida, Desempleo, Seguro Social, y Disability.
Traer pruebas de ingreso de todos los miembros en la familia
Traer documentos que prueben el por que necesita asistencia, Ejemplo:
Por enfermedad, traiga su receta del Doctor
Arrendador tiene que
Estar dispuesto a llenar la forma W-9 y la autorización para devolver el depósito. Estas formas se le otorgaran al Inquilino cuando tenga su cita.
Documentos Necesarios para poder Aplicar:
· Contrato de Renta con Nombre del Arrendador, Domicilio y Nńmero de Teléfono.
· Identificación con foto
· Tarjeta de Seguro Social por cada miembro de su Familia
· Pruebas de ingresos de todos en la casa
· Dos estados de cuenta de su banco
· Documentos que verifiquen el motivo por la cual esta pidiendo ayuda.
1500A Petaluma Bl S
Petaluma, CA 94952
Ph. (707) 765-8488
Fx. (707) 765-8482
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Servicios Adicionales que ofrece PPSC
· Proyecto del cuidado de personas mayores (incluye Meals-On-Wheels)
· Consejería Bilingue
· Servicios de Empleo para Jóvenes
· Vivienda Justa
· Llamar para referencias e información
Otras Programas de Asistencia en el Condado de Sonoma
Si Usted vive en:
Santa Rosa, 707-544-6911
Rohnert Park, 707-588-2285
Do you know someone who is hungry?
CalFresh offers food assistance to end hunger, improve nutrition and increase health.
CalFresh helps lLow-income families and individuals put healthy meals on thetheir table.
You may qualify for food stamps even if:
· You own your home
· You are working full time
· You have a good car and money in the bank
· You are going to school
· You are living with others
The California CalFresh Program, which the USDA (and some other states) calls SNAP or Food Stamps, has a new name. It is now called CalFresh. The benefits haven't been distributed as "stamps" for years—these benefits help low-income people buy the food needed for good health by way of a debit card that can only be used to buy food items. The purpose of CalFresh is to provide food assistance to end hunger, improve nutrition, and increase health, and the new name is meant to reflect the fact that these benefits are a resource to help low-income families and individuals put healthy meals on their table.
Petaluma People Services Center can assist you with your application and set a time for a phone interview for you. To find out if you might qualify call PPSC 765-8488 to schedule an interview.
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