Question: Does the California Secretary of State require the type of UNITED TENANTS ASSOCIATION
described below to be a corporation or a non-profit corporation to legally operate in California.
My friend is a senior citizen, living in a government rent subsidized section 8 housing
building. The section 8 program pays about 70% of their rent each month. There are about 120 apartments
and tenants living in building. .
Managers and their staff treat and talk to the senior’s tenants very badly. Tenants have problems getting management to fix things that are broken or need fixing in their apartments. Most of the tenants are afraid to complain to the office when things are not getting fixed, and are in fear they may be evicted if they complain.
20- of the tenants are not afraid, and would like to unite as a group and fight for their rights and other tenants rights
that live in the building, and the 20 tenants would like to call their group the “UNITED TENANTS ASSOCIATION” and get themselves a EIN Number from the IRS.
This group also would like to start a tenant monitoring program in the building, that will greet visitors when they enter the building during the day between 6am and 4pm every day, that is 10-hours per day 7-days a week.
Management said they will give the UNITED TENANTS ASSOCIATION $1,000.00 per month to provide this service. That is about $3.33 per hour. From this money the tenant monitors will each receive a stipend of $50.00 per month that HUD
will call a monthly stipend payment.
The city said the type of tenant association that this is, will not need a business license to operate, and the IRS said they do not need to have a business license or be a corporation to get a EIN Number to get a EIN number from them.
Question: Does the California Secretary of State require the type of UNITED TENANTS ASSOCIATION described above to be a corporation or a non-profit corporation to legally operate in California.