Legal help resources for tenants
By Barbara Craig, Attorney at Law
Please note: in general, I do not represent tenants in eviction proceedings.
Most eviction cases are filed because a tenant has not paid their rent as agreed, often due to some type of financial difficulty. I feel it is a disservice to charge such tenants to represent them when they are already suffering financial stress and a successful defense is very unlikely.
Instead, my first recommendation to tenants is to take advantage of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) Self Help Legal Access Centers, which are located in local courthouses. These self-help centers can provide legal information, assistance in preparing legal forms, and guidance for tenants (and landlords) in representing themselves. Click here to learn more about the Centers.
As an alternative to self-help, there are a number of legal clinics and law firms in the greater Los Angeles and Orange County area that do take some tenant cases. I do not specifically recommend or refer anyone to these agencies. These links are provided for informational purposes only and were accurate at the time of publication.