Landlord Tenant Issues, Public Housing & Foreclosure
We provide Free help with housing problems or questions about your rights as a tenant, questions about security deposits, issues with public housing, discrimination in housing, foreclosure, and home loan problems.
Emergency Legal Assistance
The City of San Diego Eviction Prevention Program (EPP) helps low-income renters in the City of San Diego who are facing eviction for non-payment of rent or experiencing other housing problems due to the financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The EPP is operated by Legal Aid Society of San Diego through a contract with the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC). Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Community Development Block Grants fund this program.
Eligible tenants must:
- Reside at a City of San Diego address;
- Have household income at or below 80 percent of San Diego’s Area Median Income;
- Have an obligation to pay rent; and
- At least one member of the household has a reduction of income or other financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
EPP includes the following types of assistance (assistance will be determined by LASSD on a case-by-case basis):
- Full legal representation for Eligible Tenants throughout the pre-eviction and eviction process, in settlement negotiations and through trial, if necessary.
- Limited legal services for Eligible Tenants through clinics, hotlines or appointments (virtual or telephonic), such as help with:
- Counsel and advice
- Completing COVID-19-related declarations
- Submitting formal responses to eviction notices
- Formal responses to Unlawful Detainers
- Requests for reasonable accommodations
- Renter education and clinic:
- Know Your Rights workshops (coming soon)
- Help with Unlawful Detainer court forms
- Help with Civil Harassment Restraining Order court forms
We offer free help to eligible persons who have questions or problems with section 8, tax credit, or other public housing.
We provide help with your public housing office and its notices. For instance:
- questions about your rights to public housing,
- problems with your public housing certificate,
- problems with your landlord under public housing,
- termination of your public housing benefits,
- changes you want to make to your current public housing situation (such as moving to another place or adding another room or another person to your housing)
We can help if you own the home you live in and are having any of the problems listed below:
- What to do if you are behind on mortgage payments
- Information about your options for avoiding foreclosure
- Information about the loan (mortgage) modification process
- Information about COVID-19 Pandemic Related Protections
- Applying for a loan (mortgage) modification
- Applications to get financial help from the California Mortgage Relief Program | (camortgagerelief.org)
- Reverse mortgages
- Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Loans
- Solar Panel Issues
- Property Tax Issues
- Resolving problems with your loan servicer (lender) – accounting mistakes, going forward with foreclosure when they have agreed to look at your loan modification application, etc.
- Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Information