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Renting in Marin

Learn more about rights and responsibilities when renting in Marin County.

Beginning July 1, 2024, new State law (Assembly Bill 12) limits most security deposits to one months' rent. The limit is two months' rent for units owned by landlords with less than 2 rental properties, with no more than four units.

There are many laws that apply to rental housing. The laws that apply are dependent on the location of the property and the type of property (apartment, single-unit home, Accessory Dwelling Unit, etc.). Some apply throughout Marin, and some are specific to the city or county.

We oversee the areas outside of cities (unincorporated areas), so most of the information on our pages is specific to this area. Use our look-up tool if you’re not sure which area you live in.

We can't give legal advice, but we can help explain your rights under existing laws. Visit our Housing Help page for more information on resources that may be able to help you.

Map Tool Lookup

Not sure which law to follow for evictions and rent increases? Use our interactive map below to find our based on where you live.


Page updated July 2, 2024