Help for Individuals

Landlord Tenant Resource Center

Operations Update March 24, 2020: 

The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center is taking necessary precautions to protect our clients, resource center customers, staff, and volunteers from COVID-19.  As such, our court-based Landlord Tenant Resource Center in conjunction with the D.C. Superior Court Landlord Tenant Branch, is closed through Friday, May 15th. We do not take this step lightly and apologize for any hardship this may cause. We are grateful that the Court has stated that it will “suspend evictions and foreclosures for a period of time” (per https://www.dccourts.gov/coronavirus).

Effective immediately, we have created a telephone system that enables us to confer remotely with customers seeking help from our Landlord Tenant Resource Center during this time. Pro se tenants and small landlords with Landlord Tenant issues and/or other housing-related matters will be prompted in English and in Spanish to leave a message for a Pro Bono Center attorney.  Pro se litigants will receive a return call from a Pro Bono Center housing attorney providing legal information no later than the next business day.  Thank you for helping to spread the word.

Landlord Tenant Resource Center Temporary Phone Line: 202-780-2575.

Our Legal Information Help Line (202-626-3499) will continue to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, providing information in Spanish, Amharic and French, in addition to English.

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



 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
  • Assist self-represented persons prepare pleadings
  • 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
Monday to Friday: 9:15 a.m. to 12 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 12 p.m. Even if intake is closed early, all customers who have court dates that day or emergency matters (for example, a live writ, lock-out, or no heat) will be seen if they sign in before 12 p.m. The resource center will, whenever possible, provide written materials and referrals to customers who cannot be seen that day.

Location
Court Building B
510 4th Street NW
Room 208

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 go immediately to the Landlord and Tenant Courthouse located at 510 4th Street, NW. The Clerk's Office is located in Court Building B, Room 110 of the courthouse and is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; and Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Landlord and Tenant Branch live chat feature is available on the internet Monday though 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.