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Legal Resources

Legal Services

Tenant Services


Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara: 805-963-6754

Lompoc: 805-736-6582

Santa Maria: 805-922-9909


California Rural Legal Assistance

Santa Maria: (805) 922-4563

Headquarters: (510) 267-0762

Disability Rights California

Legal assistance: 800-776-5746.

All other purposes: 213-213-8000 or 800-719-5798.


Veteran's Resources (County of Santa Barbara)


California Department of Fair Employment & Housing

800-884-1684 (voice), 800-700-2320 (TTY)

2218 Kausen Drive, Suite 100
Elk Grove, CA 95758


HUD Housing Discrimination Hotline

Housing discrimination complaints will be reviewed by a specialist to determine if they might violate the Fair Housing Act.



NAACP Santa Maria/Lompoc Branch
P.O. Box 1092
Santa Maria, CA 93456


Independent Living Resource Center, Inc.
423 W. Victoria St.
Santa Barbara CA 93101

(805) 963-0595 (voice/Text TTY)

(805) 284-9051 (Video Phone)


Legal Advice & Information for Landlords & Tenants

Santa Barbara Legal Resource Center

McMahon Law Library, Santa Barbara County Superior Court
1100 Anacapa Street, 2nd Floor, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone: 805-568-3303

Monday-Friday: 9am to noon, 1:30pm–4pm

Santa Maria Legal Resource Center

Santa Maria Law Library, Santa Barbara County Superior Court
312 E. Cook Street, Santa Maria, CA 93456
Phone: 805-349-1289

Monday, Tuesday, and Friday:  9am to noon, 1:30pm–4pm


Lompoc Legal Resource Center

Lompoc Court Jury Deliberation Room, Santa Barbara County Superior Court
115 Civic Center Plaza, Lompoc, CA 93436-6967

Wednesday, and Thursday: 9am to noon, 1:30pm–4pm

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Inspection & Property Resources

Inspections can provide clear evidence of problem issues with a property.

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

You may contact our office staff in the North County office in Santa Maria at (805) 346-8460 (Press 3 to reach the front desk) or our South County office in Santa Barbara at (805) 681-4900 (Press 3 to reach the front desk). Complaints can also be sent to our website 


Note: Environmental Health Services does not respond to mold complaints.

Santa Barbara County Code Enforcement

A complaint may be filed by phone, in person, or by completing an online form. Click here to report a violation. Buelton, Solvang and unincorporated areas may use the County Code Enforcement Office

Santa Barbara Office: 805-568-3030

Santa Maria Office: 805-934-6230

Lompoc Building Inspector

A 24 hour "Inspection Hotline" has been made available for your convenience (805) 875-8231. If your request is received prior to 7:00 a.m., the inspector will conduct the inspection that same day. Any inspections received after this time will be conducted the following work day. Building Inspectors are not available during weekends or holidays.


Lompoc Code Enforcement

The Complaint Form (2-pages) is located on the City’s website here. Please provide as much information as possible. The reporting party must provide their name, address and contact phone number and an original signature is required. The information will be kept confidential.

Phone: (805) 875-8254 or (805) 875-8288

Santa Maria Building Inspector

To Schedule Building inspection you may call the 24-hour inspection line at (805) 925-0951 extension 2510 by 4:00 p.m. one business day prior to the requested inspection date.  Please leave your permit number, job address, inspection type, preference of either morning or afternoon, and a reliable contact phone number. Your inspector will contact you between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m. on the day of inspection to coordinate.


Goleta Code Enforcement

Phone: 805-961-7556

Santa Barbara County Housing Assistance

Financial assistance, loan programs, homelessness prevention programs and other aid available through the County of Santa Barbara and local non-profits.



Mediation can resolve issues outside of court with the help of an expert third party.

Isla Vista Landlord/Tenant Mediation Program

The IVCSD is pleased to provide this impartial mediation service to the Isla Vista community in order to resolve housing issues/disputes fairly, safely, and economically. Sayre Macniel serves as the District’s Landlord/Tenant Mediator and provides services 10am-3pm on Thursdays and 2pm-7pm on Fridays. Mediation services are open to and can be initiated by both landlords and tenants.

Email for more questions:

The program offers translation services for mono-lingual non-English speakers.


City of Santa Barbara Rental Housing Mediation Program

Provides information on the California Rules and Regulations pertaining to Landlord/Tenant rights and responsibilities to parties in a residential rental housing situation. Offers mediation services to Landlords, Tenants, Roommates and Neighbors regarding disputes pertaining to residential rental housing.

Rental Housing Mediation Program:  (805) 564-5420

Available to these zip codes: 93013, 93067, 93101, 93103, 93108, 93109, 93110, 93111, 93117


California Association of Realtors Mediation Center

The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Real Estate Mediation Center for Consumers provides home buyers and sellers, as well as other parties to real estate transactions, with a highly qualified pool of specially trained, objective and reliable mediation professionals to assist them in resolving their real estate related disputes.

Mediation Center Phone: (213)739-8376


Conflict Solutions Center

Non-profit mediation services. They do not provide legal advice.

120 E Jones St #133.

Santa Maria, CA



Laws, Guides & Legal Information

Laws, Guides & Info

Legal Information on Fair Housing

HUD Fair Housing Library Online

Collection of online resources curated by HUD.

Frequently Asked Fair Housing Questions (California DEFH)

Simple explanations of common California Fair Housing questions from the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

California Tenant's Guide (CA DCA)

Short summary of California tenant's rights.

California Tenant's Rights Ebook

Long, in-depth book covering California tenant's rights.

Eviction and Related Notices (CA Courts)

California Judicial Council's online resource for eviction information.

Eviction Overview (CA Courts)

California Judicial Council's online resource explaining the eviction process and related California law.

Frequently Asked Questions (Orange County Fair Housing Council) 

Simple explanations of common California Fair Housing questions from the Orange County Fair Housing Council.

File a Housing Discrimination Complaint (CA DEFH)

How to file a housing discrimination complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

Fair Housing Complaint Process (full)

In depth description of housing discrimination complaints in California.

Fair Housing Complaint Flowchart (simplified)

One page diagram of housing discrimination complaint processes in California.

Disability Rights (DRC CA)

Overview of rights for disabled people by the Disability Rights Council of California.

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