Tenants’ Rights Workshop

The Tenants’ Rights Workshop helps empower tenants in Oakland, Berkeley, and Alameda to assert their right to safe and secure housing. During weekly clinics, students receive substantive training, then interview clients and work one-on-one with staff attorneys from the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) to provide advice and limited legal services. Issues include habitability, harassment, subsidized housing, and evictions. Follow-up work often includes students drafting letters to landlords about the tenants’ housing issues. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated housing insecurity and further destabilized economic and social frameworks that tenants rely on. It also challenges our model of providing services. Tenant Rights Workshop will begin by providing client services virtually with an opportunity to meet with fellow students in person on a weekly basis. EBCLC will determine when this work is able to continue safely at their offices, at which time clients will have the option to meet with students virtually or in person. We will sponsor lunch talks and other events around issues related to the affordable housing crisis in the Bay Area, as well as optional organizing opportunities for students with partner organizations.  

Supervision: Students in the Tenants’ Rights Workshop provide legal services under the supervision of attorneys at the East Bay Community Law Center.  

Time Commitment: A minimum of three hours per week. 

For more information, please contact the student leaders at trw@berkeley.edu.