Landlord-Tenant Assistance Center
Through a partnership between GBLA and the Kern County Superior Court, the Landlord-Tenant Assistance Center provides a variety of services to help resolve landlord-tenant disputes.
Services include legal counsel, mediation, educational workshops, case management, and referrals for housing and community resources. The goal of the Center is to help unrepresented parties understand and prepare for court or, whenever possible, help landlords and tenants reach out-of-court settlements through mediation.
The Center is located at the Kern County Superior Court, Metropolitan Division, 1415 Truxtun Ave., in Bakersfield (located in the basement).
For Self-Help Assistance on Tenant Evictions, please visit the Kern County Superior Court: Self-Help for Evictions
Sargent Shriver Housing Project
When a landlord is represented by an attorney in an eviction lawsuit, the Sargent Shriver Housing Project helps tenants with their eviction defense. The Project helps tenants understand the eviction (unlawful detainer) legal process and can represent them in trial or aid in negotiating a mandatory settlement conference.
The Project can also make referrals to agencies that prevent homelessness, provide relocation assistance, or connect clients with services relating to employment, education, and family necessities.