I don’t know if my unit is permitted
Let’s find out!
You’ll need to call the County Assessor (at 510-272-3787) to find out if your home is legal or not. (Do not skip this, it’s important).
Ask them the following:
(1) How many units are registered at the address?
(2) What is the type of home registered (duplex, single family home, commercial)?
- If the number of units does not match, then at least one unit is non permitted.
- If you live in a “duplex” and the county assessor says it is a single-family house, one unit is probably built without permits.
- If you live in a back cottage or “in-law” and the assessor has no records of the cottage, it is probably NOT permitted.
- If you share your mailbox with someone else, it’s probably NOT permitted.
- If your ceilings are lower than 7ft, that is a sign that the unit is NOT permitted.
So, based on this information, do you think your unit is permitted or NOT permitted? If you’re unsure, it’s best to contact a legal provider. If your unit is not permitted and you decide to contact the city, your unit could get red-tagged (ordered to be evacuated by the city), giving your landlord a reason to evict you.