Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity for the Deaf

National study finds deaf, hard of hearing, and those in wheelchairs told about fewer homes
WASHINGTON – Well-qualified homeseekers who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as homeseekers who use wheelchairs, are told about fewer available housing units than comparable homeseekers who can hear and walk, according […]

August 12th, 2015|Featured, Housing|Comments Off on Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity for the Deaf|

Supreme Court Preserves Protections of Fair Housing Law

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday rejected an attempt to narrow the scope of the Fair Housing Act, one of the nation’s most important civil rights laws.

In the 5-4 vote, the “court acknowledges the Fair Housing Act’s continuing role in moving the nation toward a more integrated society,” the court wrote. The ruling said a housing discrimination case can […]

June 25th, 2015|Featured, Housing|Comments Off on Supreme Court Preserves Protections of Fair Housing Law|

Join the team and be part of the solution….SHARE

SHARE of Sonoma County, a program of PPSC launched a homesharing program in August 2014. SHARE (Shared Housing And Resource Exchange) is a free program for Sonoma County residents and helps to match two or more unrelated people to share a home.  We are looking for a part-time employee to help with administrative work and resource navigation.  More about the […]

April 22nd, 2015|Housing, Seniors, Serving Families|Comments Off on Join the team and be part of the solution….SHARE|

Sonoma County Small Claims Advisors new phone number and information

The Sonoma County Small Claims Advisors Office provides free procedural and legal information to Small Claims litigants regarding their rights and responsibilities under California Law. They help claimants with a variety of issues and disputes. Most common are landlord-tenant disputes, unfulfilled contracts, complaints about contractors and disputes among neighbors. About 50 percent have already filed claims or received a […]

May 7th, 2014|Housing|0 Comments|

Housing crisis plagues Petaluma


Published: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 6:32 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 6:32 a.m.

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Soaring rental costs, a lack of inventory and rising home prices are making it very difficult for people to stay, or find a home in Petaluma.

The City of Petaluma is looking to collect public input on present […]

Ten Tips for Tenants

Tip 1: Bring your paperwork. The best way to win over a prospective landlord is to be prepared. To get a competitive edge over other applicants, bring the following when you meet the landlord: a completed rental application; written references from landlords, employers, and colleagues; and a current copy of your credit report.
To Get a Copy of Your Credit […]

April 16th, 2014|Housing|0 Comments|

Cotati woman pursuing a ban on indoor apartment smoking | The Press Democrat

Staff Writer Guy Kovner, 2/27/14


Orozco, 33, and her 2-year-old daughter bundle up against the chill and use space heaters for meager warmth for the sake of their health, she said.

“Living here has been nothing less than a nightmare,” said Orozco, a divorced single mother.

Her condo shares attic space with a neighbor who smokes tobacco, and turning on the furnace […]

February 27th, 2014|Housing|0 Comments|

Waterbeds and Your Rent

If you are a landlord whether you can refuse to rent to a tenant with a waterbed depends on when the property was built.

Property built before January 1, 1973, and your certificate of occupancy was issued before 1/1/73 you may legally refuse to rent to a tenant who has a waterbed. This isn’t to say that you should ban […]

November 2nd, 2013|Housing|0 Comments|
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    Can a landlord discriminate against certain kinds of tenants in California?

Can a landlord discriminate against certain kinds of tenants in California?

Both federal and State of California law protects the following classes of people from discrimination in housing (a “class” is a group of people who have common characteristics or attributes such as skin color, gender, etc.). A property owner/manager or his or her agent is prohibited from refusing to rent, lease, or sell housing accommodations based on the following:

Federal […]

October 10th, 2013|Housing|0 Comments|

Know Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Tenant – It Will Help You Keep Your Housing

You landlord wants you to be a responsible tenant.  When you rent, you MUST do the following:

pay your rent and utilities agreed upon promptly each month.
keep your home and common areas clean and sanitary
properly operate plumbing, electrical and heating systems
maintain the unit in good shape without intentionally or carelessly destroying the premises
maintain the unit and facilities as your found […]

October 2nd, 2013|Housing|0 Comments|