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Housing Legal Assistance

In-person services have been suspended. You can reach the Landlord Tenant Legal Assistance Network (LTLAN) and Landlord Tenant Resource Center (LTRC) by phone: 202-780-2575.

The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center is taking necessary precautions to protect against COVID-19. Our in-person, court-based Landlord Tenant Resource Center is closed. You can find updates on the Court’s operating status by visiting https://www.dccourts.gov/coronavirus.

Effective immediately, we have created a telephone system that enables us to confer remotely with customers seeking help for housing-related issues. Unrepresented tenants and unrepresented small landlords with Landlord Tenant issues and/or other residential housing-related matters will be prompted in English and in Spanish to leave a message for the Landlord Tenant Legal Assistance Network. Pro se litigants will receive a return call from a Pro Bono Center housing intake specialist and, if eligible, be connected with an attorney within approximately two business days. Thanks you for helping to spread the word.

We are continuing to work with the D.C. Consortium of Legal Services Providers to post the most up-to-date information on resources and telephone intake services that are being offered on www.LawHelp.org/DC.

Landlord Tenant Legal Assistance Network

The Landlord Tenant Legal Assistance Network (LTLAN) is jointly staffed by Bread for the City, D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, Legal Counsel for the Elderly, Neighborhood Legal Services Program, and Rising for Justice.

LTLAN operates 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. Unrepresented tenants and unrepresented small landlords may call LTLAN at 202-780-2575 to be connected with an attorney who can provide a range of free legal information, advice, and/or representation.

Hours of Operation for Remote Services
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Please note that due to a high demand for services, it may be necessary for the resource center to limit the number of customers it sees each day and close intake before 4 p.m. The resource center will, whenever possible, provide written materials and referrals to customers who cannot be seen that day.

Online Intake
Please visit the following links to complete an online intake for legal assistance. An intake specialist will follow up via telephone within 48 hours.

Tenants: https://probono.center/LTLANintake

Landlord Tenant Resource Center

The Landlord Tenant Resource Center provides free legal information to both unrepresented landlords and tenants who have residential housing disputes in the District of Columbia.

Volunteer attorneys at the center:

  • Help self-represented persons understand court proceedings
  • Coach self-represented persons how to best present cases in court
  • Provide information on how to obtain continuances and retain counsel
  • Make referrals to legal service providers in appropriate cases
  • Inform low-income litigants of financial and other social service resources that might be available and refer them to the appropriate resources

Hours of Operation for Remote Services
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Please note that due to a high demand for services, it may be necessary for the resource center to limit the number of customers it sees each day and close intake before 4 p.m. The resource center will, whenever possible, provide written materials and referrals to customers who cannot be seen that day.

Online Intake
Please visit the following links to complete an online intake for legal assistance. An intake specialist will follow up via telephone within 48 hours.

Landlords or persons with unwanted guests: https://probono.center/LTLANlandlordintake
Tenants: https://probono.center/LTLANintake

Emergencies
If you believe you may be evicted very soon, you can check whether you're scheduled for an eviction today by calling the Clerk's Office at 202-879-4879. You can then call the Landlord Tenant Legal Assistance Network to be connected to an intake specialist. The Landlord and Tenant Branch live chat feature is available on the internet Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The live chat feature is located to the far right margin of the page. You can ask the clerk to direct you to a lawyer that may be able to assist you. Please note that if you are scheduled to be evicted today, you may wish to leave someone you trust at your home to remain with your belongings in the event of an eviction.

For more information see the Landlord and Tenant Branch of the D.C. Superior Court.

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