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Per the City’s Housing Element, adopted in 2014, there were 10,972 housing units in the City per the 2007-2011 American Community Survey.  Of this total amount, 48.9% were renter-occupied, 45.1% were owner occupied, and 6% were vacant. 

Approximately 50.4% of all housing units are single-family homes of which approximately 88% are owner-occupied.  Approximately 50% of the housing stock in South Pasadena is multi-family dwellings. The following table describes occupancy status of units according to the number of units in the structure and by either owner occupancy or renter occupancy.  

In addition to resources available on rental housing responsibilities, laws, and protections through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the California Department of Consumer affairs (DCA), the Housing Rights Center (HRC) provides fair housing services to landlords and tenants. 

The HRC is a nonprofit civil-rights organization that has identified and addressed the challenges of housing discrimination since 1968. The City has a contract with the HRC and refers housing complaints to the HRC local Pasadena Office. The HRC provides assistance to residents with discrimination complaints and landlord-tenant disputes. The HRC also provides training and outreach assistance to landlords and tenants.

The HRC will provide the following fair housing related services to all South Pasadena residents:

• Provide telephone and in-person (local office in Pasadena) counseling to both tenants and landlords regarding their respective rights and responsibilities under California law.
• Investigate allegations of housing discrimination under the fair housing laws. The Investigations Department conducts fact finding investigations and proposes potential solutions for victims of housing discrimination. Case resolution can include mediation, conciliation, a referral to state and federal administrative agencies, or referral to HRC’s Litigation Department.
• Fair Housing Workshops, to provide an overview of fair housing laws and answer questions concerning landlord/tenant rights and responsibilities.
• Public Outreach, to increase awareness of fair housing issues and services. This includes increased presence at City events to distribute newsletters, flyers, posters, and other literature.
• Develop and distribute educational literature and resources that describe ways to prevent housing injustices and the applicable laws that protect against discrimination. The materials are made available free to the public in several different languages.

Free Fair Housing Counseling available for Landlord-Tenant
Monday - Friday
8:30am - 5:00pm
Toll Free: 1 (800) 477-5977
TTY: 213-201-0867

Pasadena HRC
1020 N. Fair Oaks 
Pasadena, CA
(626) 791-0211

For information on fair housing laws and tenant/landlord counseling please contact the Housing Rights Center.