Legal Information: California

Housing Laws

Updated: 
June 18, 2018

Who is protected under this housing law?

You can get protection if you meet both of the following:

  1. You (the tenant) were a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, abuse of an elder or dependent adult, or human trafficking or a member of your family was a victim of one of these acts and s/he lives with you;1and
  2. You must have one of the following documents that was issued within the last 180 days:2
    • a temporary restraining order, emergency protective order or protective order from the court that protects you or your household member from further domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or abuse of an elder or dependent adult or human trafficking; or
    • a copy of a written report from a peace officer stating that you or your family member filed a report due to domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or abuse of an elder or dependent adult or human trafficking; or
    • documentation on official letterhead from a qualified third party (such as a counselor, case worker, psychologist, doctor, etc.) based on information s/he received while acting in his/her professional capacity, which says that the tenant or household member is seeking assistance for physical or mental injuries or abuse resulting from an act of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking, elder abuse, or dependent adult abuse.3  Note: To see the complete list of who could be a "qualified third party" and to see what the documentation that s/he writes must include, look at section (b)(3)(B) of the law where it says "Qualified Third Party Statement," here.

1 Cal.Civ.Code §1946.7(a),(g)
2 Cal.Civ.Code §1946.7(c)
3 Cal.Civ.Code §1946.7(b)