Our goal is to provide a range of affordable legal services — from educational workshops, to legal coaching, to representation during negotiations, to full representation in court — so all D.C. tenants can access the justice system.
We provide the following services:
Representation in court. We practice in Landlord/Tenant Branch, Small Claims, Civil Branch, the Court of Appeals and the Office of Administrative Hearings. We are willing to provide limited representation or full representation in your case.
Advice about your rights as a tenant and your legal options.
Communication with your landlord, both informal and formal.
Assistance filling out legal forms.
Coaching – we can help advise you about how to proceed in court without a lawyer as you represent yourself.
Peacemaking – we can help you resolve conflicts and build a better relationship with your landlord.
Resources – we can provide you with books, forms, sample court documents and information about the law.
We help D.C. tenants with the following legal issues:
Lease negotiations and terminations
Repairs and housing code violations
Rent control violations and questions about rent increases
Disputes over pets
Problems with Section 8 vouchers or other rent subsidies
Property damage and personal injuries caused by landlords
Collecting judgments against landlords
TOPA - D.C. Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act negotiations and litigation for individuals and tenant associations
Other disputes with landlords