CITIZENS TENANTS' RIGHTS ASSOCIATION
serving Alameda and Contra Costa County, Northern California
Mission of the SENIOR CITIZEN'S TENANTS' RIGHTS ASSOCIATION is
to enhance the quality of life for all senior residential renters,
to be a leading force for positive social change and to bring
value to our members through information, advocacy and the delivery
of quality products and services.
Our Mission includes the support of federal, state and local initiatives
having as their objective the financial, social and legal interests
of Senior Americans who rent their apartments.
Our Mission also includes working with other organizations and
individuals dedicated to the well being of renters including advocates
in government, industry and the private sector.
2011 Agenda of the SENIOR CITIZENS' TENANTS RIGHTS ASSOCIATION
The SENIOR CITIZEN'S TENANTS' RIGHTS ASSOCIATION believes that
senior residential tenants have the right to safe, affordable,
non-discriminatory, and abundant housing opportunities. We further
believe that senior renters have basic rights in their relationships
with landlords that need to be protected.
in the United States there are hundreds of state and local laws
purporting to protect the rights of residential renters.
the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
has developed standards regarding the rights of tenants in federally
supported housing, the federal government has left it to the states
and localities to protect the interests of tenants in private
or state supported housing.
examination of the public record indicates that tenants throughout
California continue to be denied their rights to fair and just
treatment in their relationships with landlords..
of this, the SENIOR CITIZEN'S TENANTS' RIGHTS ASSOCIATION supports
the passage of a federal and/or state law upholding the rights
of senior tenants in private and public housing throughout Alameda
County and elsewhere. As such, we will create a ten-point "Tenants
Bill of Rights" to be adopted at the local level and to serve
as the model for additional legislation.
According to this directive senior residential renters have the
1) A written rental agreement in a language understandable to
2) A right to privacy and dignified treatment ;
3) Equal representation in public and political policy forums
and to not be discriminated against due to their tenant status;
4) Expect that their landlord is conducting its business in a
fiscally responsible manner and that they are not jeopardized
by irresponsible business activities of the landlord;
5) Expect that their residences and grounds are safe and habitable,
and that any defects be corrected prior to occupancy and that
any defects after occupancy will be repaired in a timely manner
upon proper notification to the landlord;
6) Be treated like a homeowner in private commercial transactions,
including evictions, and not be discriminated against because
of their tenant status;
7) Notice for any order to vacate and to be provided with a reasonable
amount of time to do so;
8) Full refund with interest of any security deposit as well as
maintenance of security deposits in a legally separate escrow
9) Expect and demand that their civil and constitutional rights
will not be compromised by their tenant status;
10) Third party resolution of any disputes.
We also support the Creation of Tenants' Ombudsman Offices
SENIOR CITIZEN'S TENANTS' RIGHTS ASSOCIATION supports the creation
of Tenants' Ombudsman offices in Alameda County, or any area where
they do not currently exist. The purpose of these offices will
be to serve as a central point for residential renters to officially
voice and register complaints about specific landlord and housing
abuses leading to enforcement action.
SENIOR CITIZEN'S TENANTS' RIGHTS ASSOCIATION recommends that the
office of Tenants' Ombudsman be an administrative and quasi-judicial
function of either the Governor's office or Attorney General's
office. Along with the creation of the office of Ombudsman, SENIOR
CITIZEN'S TENANTS' RIGHTS ASSOCIATION recommends legislation and
regulations that would allow the ombudsman to mediate landlord
and tenant disputes and bring civil or criminal action or sanctions,
including fines, penalties or imprisonment against abusive landlords
and their employees who fail to provide for safe, clean and habitable
facilities, or who misrepresent anything to tenants in order to
effect a rental(s), if warranted.
All too often, landlords and their employees get away with actions
contrary to existing law and regulations in their relationships
with tenants. SENIOR CITIZEN'S TENANTS' RIGHTS ASSOCIATION believes
that effective enforcement at the local and state level is needed
to protect the well being of senior renters.
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