Welcome to the Housing Practice Area of probono.net/dc!
Join this site if you are a volunteer attorney, legal services advocate, law student or faculty representing low income and disadvantaged clients.
A recent study by the District of Columbia Superior Court reported that 95 percent of tenants in Landlord-Tenant court are unrepresented. Most cannot afford representation, making the need for volunteer legal assistance all the more pressing. The Housing Practice Area provides resources and support for pro bono attorneys, legal services attorneys and law students in advising and representing District of Columbia residents with housing problems, including landlord-tenant, subsidized housing, and homelessness issues.
Job Announcement: Staff Attorney at the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center
The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center has an opening for a staff attorney with expertise in housing law. Please see the position description for details.
What you will find here:
Our Library contains practice and procedure materials, form pleadings and unpublished opinions designed to assist practitioners in representing people with housing problems. Our News section compiles information about developments in case law and issues concerning housing in the District of Columbia.
We welcome your interest. Just click on the Join link above. We will review your application within 24 hours.
Our Library contains sample forms, training manuals, and other materials to assist you when you take a pro bono case.
Updated Property Maintenance Code Now Online
The District of Columbia Property Maintenance Code is now available online. This code takes precedence over conflicting housing code regulations contained in Title 14 of the D.C. Municipal Regulations. Review it here.
Did you know?
D.C. law now provides a procedure under which a receiver may be appointed "to safeguard the health, safety, and security of the tenants of a rental housing accommodation if there exists a violation of District of Columbia or federal law which seriously threatens the tenant's health, safety, or security." D.C. Code ? 42-3651. Go to D.C. Code.
Interested in Public or Subsidized Housing?
Check out HUD Legal Information, including ALJ Decisions and legal opinions.