Legal Resources

We have compiled some valuable resources for tenants and home owners.  Based on your situation there may be legal protections in place intended to serve you.  Know your rights!

Bay Area Legal Aid (415-354-6360) – Providing low-income clients with free civil legal assistance, including legal advice and counsel, effective referrals, and legal representation.  Practice areas and special projects include: Homelessness Prevention, including landlord-tenant matters, unlawful evictions, Fair Housing Law Enforcement, Domestic Violence Prevention and Immigration (VAWA) related matters, Youth Justice Project, Economic Justice Project – Public Safety-Net Program, Consumer Law – Debtor’s Rights, Fair Credit Reporting, Health Care Access, Legal Barriers to Employment Project, and Medical-Legal Collaborative: SFGH Pediatric Unit and BayLegal team up.

Legal Aid of Marin (415-492-0230) – Providing access to the civil justice system to low-income, vulnerable and otherwise under-served residents of Marin County.  Practice areas include housing related law, employment related law, debt related law, family law (by referral only), and elder related law.

Fair Housing of Marin (415-457-5025) – Providing fair housing services and mortgage foreclosure prevention services as well as advisory and training services at no charge in English and Spanish.

Self-Help Law Center (415-444-7130) – Providing free assistance to those who do not have attorneys. Services are provided in person on a first-come, first-served basis. Services include: intake, information and referral to legal services partners, individual assistance with legal document preparation; bilingual assistance and legal reference materials for non-English speakers; assistance in conducting self-guided legal research; and coordination of volunteers and interns who provide direct customer services.

Tenancy In Common (TIC) – A form of concurrent estate in which each owner is regarded by the law as owning separate and distinct shares of the same property.  TIC owners own percentages in an undivided property rather than particular units or apartments, and their deeds show only their ownership percentages.

Equity Sharing – A process in which two parties, an “occupier” and an “investor”, pool resources for the down payment on a home.  They often jointly apply for a mortgage, and both names usually appear on the deed.  For an agreed number of years, the occupier lives in the home, keeps it up, and makes all or most of the monthly payments.  At the end of the agreed term, the occupier buys out the investor by repaying his contributions plus an agreed percentage of the appreciation.  If the occupier doesn’t want or can’t afford the buyout, the property is sold, each owner gets their contributions, and any profits are shared.

Download: Sample TIC Agreement
Download: Sample Equity Share Agreement

Marilyn Sullivan – A Marin attorney who has devoted her law practice to equity share and other cooperative real estate models.

Andy Sirkin – A San Francisco attorney with a comprehensive website on TIC and Equity Sharing.

The Foundation Center – Philanthropy information and networking.

Free Management Library – Online library with info about personal, professional and organizational development.

Charitable Trusts in California – The state’s resource center for nonprofit charitable organizations.

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