Legal Guides

This page provides links to our legal guides. For consumer fact sheets, tips and guides on a variety of subjects, find your topic with the "Search" feature above or navigate to the "For Consumers", "For Licensees", or "Publications" pages.


Contracting With a Contractor: The Homeowner's Right to Cancel (K-10)
(Visit the Contractors State License Board Web site for more information.)


Consumers' Rights to Cancel Home Solicitation Contracts (K-9)
Foreign Language Translation of Consumer Contracts (K-4)

Credit Cards

How to Withhold Payment on a Credit Card (CR-7)
How to Correct a Credit Card Billing Error (CR-8)

Electronic Fund Transfers

Consumer Rights In electronic Fund Transfers (CR-6)


Credit Repair Services (CR-9)

Health Clubs

When Your Health Club Closes (W-9)
Overview of California's Health Studio Services Contract law (W-10)

Homestead Filing

Regulation of Homestead Filing Services (H-1)

Laws Protecting Consumers

Checklist of Significant California and Federal Consumer Laws (M-1)

Motor Vehicles

(For more motor-vehicle information visit the Bureau of Automotive Repair Web site.)

Privacy and Identity Theft

(For more information on privacy issues, visit the Office of Privacy Protection Web site)

Prizes, Promotions, Giveaways and Lotteries

Rules for Promotional Giveaways (U-1)
Rules Prohibiting Lotteries (U-2)
Rules for Operation of Contests (U-3)
Rules on Conditional Offer of Prizes or Gifts (U-4)


Display of Return Policy by Retail Sellers (S-6)
Rent-to-Own Transactions in California (S-10)
Gift Certificates (S-11)


California Tenants - A Guide to Residential Tenants' and Landlords' Rights and Responsibilities
Outline: Landlords' and Tenants' Responsibilities for Habitability and Repairs: Legal Guide (LT-8)
Rent Increases: Basic Information for Tenants (LT-2)

Notice to Readers

Legal guides provide technical and practical information on everyday consumer law issues. They are written by the Department of Consumer Affairs' Legal Services Unit as a general resource for consumer attorneys and representatives, consumer complaint handlers, Small Claims disputants and personnel, reporters and others involved in analyzing, describing and administering consumer laws. Legal Guides are not written primarily for use by the general public and do not constitute legal advice. Readers should consult a lawyer regarding how legal principles and authorities may apply to their specific facts and circumstances.