The Housing Preservation practice is designed to protect families from illegal evictions, including eviction after foreclosure; substandard housing conditions; and wrongful denials and terminations of housing subsidies. The practice also works to preserve and expand affordable housing and protect families from foreclosure rescue scams.

BayLegal serves as the Bay Area’s leading provider of legal aid to individuals facing discrimination in housing. BayLegal’s commitment to enforcing federal fair housing laws is at the center of the practice. BayLegal represents people discriminated against in housing on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, family status or other protected classes.

What We Do for Individuals and Families:

Each year BayLegal helps low-income tenants obtain or remain in safe, affordable housing.

We provide legal assistance in the following housing law-related areas:

  • Public, subsidized (including Section 8 and other HUD subsidized projects) and private housing
  • Fair housing and housing discrimination
  • Housing conditions
  • Rent control
  • Eviction defense
  • Lock-outs and utility shut-offs
  • Residential hotels
  • Training advocates and community organizations


Get Legal Help


Are you being evicted or facing foreclosure?
Do you need help with Section 8, subsidized, or public housing?
Are you experiencing housing discrimination, poor housing conditions, lock-outs, or utility shut-offs?

Call the Legal Advice Line for free legal help and referrals:

Legal Advice Line

Tenant’s Rights Line – Alameda County

Are you an Alameda County resident currently experiencing a housing-related legal issue? Call the Tenant’s Rights Line for free legal advice and referrals in all languages:


Tenant’s Rights Line Schedule
Mondays: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Tuesdays: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Wednesdays: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Thursdays: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Fridays: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Bay Area Legal Aid’s Tenant’s Rights Line provides legal assistance to Alameda County residents only. We cannot guarantee that an attorney will represent you in your case, but we will provide advice and referrals to individuals who qualify for our services. Residents of other counties: please call the Legal Advice Line


Bay Area Legal Aid provides monthly Know Your Rights training throughout Alameda County.



Learn More About Fair Housing
Contra Costa County: Tenant Housing Resources
Additional Resources