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Renter's Rights Guide

Tools to help tenants facing eviction in California

Project History

We started the Renter's Rights Guide in 2017 as a Code for San José open source web application to help renters in San José understand their rights and resources.

We learned from conducting user research and stakeholder interviews that renters in Santa Clara County deal with issues such as how to navigate the eviction process, increased rent, and how to find affordable housing. It can be difficult to navigate policy jargon to understand renters rights and procedures to address issues.

From 2018-2019 we maintained the website, keeping it up to date with any policy changes from the City of San José.

In ealry January 2020, we decided to archive the website because the city has improved their Housing department website UI.

Recently, we began discussions with Stanford Legal Design Lab students to partner on tools that help tenants facing eviction.


This web application is built with Rails, React.js, React-on-Rails gem, and PostgreSQL.

How to Run This

First, set up the following dependencies:

Dependency Version
Ruby 2.4.2
Rails 5.0.4
PostgreSQL 9.6.3
Node 8.4.0

After you install the dependencies:

  1. Git clone this repo
  2. ``cd``` into the repo directory
  3. gem install bundler
  4. bundle install
  5. psql
  6. Create Postgres User: create role postgres login createdb;
  7. exit out of psql: \q
  8. bundle exec rails db:setup
  9. gem install foreman
  10. npm install
  11. cd client; npm install; cd ..
  12. foreman start -f
  13. Navigate to

How You Can Contribute

Look at our projects page to find other projects to contribute to, discuss your ideas and join teams on our Slack. If you don't have an account, sign up here. Join us at an upcoming civic hack night or other event on Meetup.

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Partnering with Stanford Legal Design Lab students on tools to help tenants facing eviction





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