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Legal Help

Housing leases or rental agreements are legal contracts.  It is recommended that you contact an attorney before trying to terminate a rental agreement or lease without your landlord’s cooperation.  Santa Monica College does not have a student lawyer on staff; for a list of lawyers in our area, please contact the International Education Center or International Counseling Center.  

 

Questions on state laws may be directed to:

County of Los Angeles Department of Consumer Affairs

500 West Temple Street, Room B96
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel: (800) 593-8222; (213) 974-1452
Fax: (213) 687-1137
 

To receive a copy of the Landlord/Tenant Handbook, contact:

Los Angeles Housing & Community Investment Department

1200 West 7th Street, 1st Floor
Los Angeles 90017
Tel: (866) 557-7368
 

Santa Monica Consumer Protection

Fair Housing & Public Rights Unit
1685 Main Street, Third Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Tel: (310) 458-8336
 

Web sites to visit for information about laws and regulations:

 

Additional Santa Monica Agencies:

Santa Monica Building & Safety

1685 Main Street, #111
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Tel: (310) 458-8355
Fax: (310) 396-6473
 

Santa Monica City Clerk

1685 Main Street, #102
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Tel: (310) 458-8211
Fax: (310) 394-2962
 

Santa Monica City Council

1685 Main Street, #209
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Tel: (310) 458-8201
Fax: (310) 458-1621
 

Santa Monica Community Services

1685 Main Street, #210
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Tel: (310) 458-8310
 

Santa Monica City Attorney

1725 Main Street, #310
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Tel: (310) 458-8336
Fax: (310) 395-6727
 

Santa Monica Rent Control

1685 Main Street, #202
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Tel: (310) 458-8751