Get Legal Help with a Tenants' Rights Issue
By FindLaw Staff | Legally reviewed by Chris Meyers, Esq. | Last reviewed November 25, 2021
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If you have questions about a tenants' rights issue, consider getting professional legal help. A lawyer will be able to explain state and local laws and how they apply to your situation.
If you live in low income housing or a Section 8 rental, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) rules may apply in your case. They can be confusing to understand.
For tenants who enter into a lease agreement to rent a house or apartment from a landlord, several potential legal issues and disputes can arise. Having a landlord-tenant attorney on your side can help you get the best possible outcome for situations such as:
- Reviewing or negotiating the terms of a lease or rental agreement
- Facing the prospect of an eviction
- Facing an unlawful detainer action
- Housing discrimination in violation of Fair Housing laws
- Getting your security deposit back from your landlord
- Information about your rights if your landlord is requesting past due utilities or seeking money for damages in excess of your security deposit
How a Landlord-Tenant Attorney Can Help
A landlord-tenant attorney can give you an honest opinion of your case, offer you clear options for your next steps, and protect your rights as you take action.
First, an attorney will be honest about your legal dispute with your landlord. Your attorney will listen, ask questions, and evaluate your situation with you. They can tell you if you have a legal case.
Next, an attorney will list out your options. They want to ensure that your legal rights are fully assessed and protected. The ultimate choice about how to proceed is yours, but they will help you make the best decision. You might have the option to:
- Drop the case
- Go to small claims court
- Sue your landlord
Take Action Without Mistakes
Finally, your landlord-tenant law attorney will take legal action for you. If a lawsuit becomes necessary, they will:
- Review documents
- Research the law
- Interview witnesses
- Collect records
- Talk with expert consultants
- Plan a legal strategy
- Negotiate with landlords, insurers, property managers, and opposing counsel
An attorney's goal is to strengthen your position and obtain the best results for you. No matter how you decide to take action, they make sure it is done correctly, and you are protected.
Related Resources for Tenant's Rights Issues
You can continue your research and find self-help resources with FindLaw by clicking on the links below for more information:
- Tenant Lead Law: Rental Property Lead Disclosures FAQ
- Terminating a Lease or Rental Agreement: FAQs
- Security Deposit Return Timelines
Get Legal Help With a Tenants' Rights Issue
While landlords may often hold the upper hand, renters are afforded certain rights when it comes to rental property. If you have questions about your rights as a tenant, you deserve answers. When you feel that your rights have been violated, you may want to get in touch with an experienced landlord-tenant attorney near you.
Some attorneys offer free legal advice during consultations. Some cities also provide free legal assistance for qualifying people.
You Don’t Have To Solve This on Your Own – Get a Lawyer’s Help
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.
Contact a qualified real estate attorney to help you navigate any landlord-tenant issues.