Free Landlord-Tenant Legal Advice Resources

This article is a comprehensive guide to free and low-cost legal resources for both landlords and tenants facing rental disputes. It covers government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and legal aid centers that can assist with common landlord-tenant disputes without the need for expensive attorneys.

Nichole Stohler
Last Updated
July 9, 2024
Free Landlord-Tenant Legal Advice Resources

Stuck in a rental dispute? Don't let legal costs prevent you from resolving the issue. Whether you're a tenant battling unfair treatment or a landlord dealing with lease violations, you have options beyond hiring expensive attorneys.

This guide offers a list of free and low-cost resources for both landlords and tenants. From government agencies to nonprofit organizations, we've got you covered. Don't let a bad situation spiral out of control – use this list to get the help you need without breaking the bank.

Understanding landlord-tenant law

Anyone involved in renting or rental properties needs to understand landlord-tenant law. Tenants need to know their rights and responsibilities, and landlords need to adhere to the law, including providing safe housing, respecting tenant privacy, and following proper procedures for things like repairs and evictions. If either party thinks an issue is the other's responsibility, it can cause problems for everyone involved.

Common areas covered under landlord-tenant relationships include the following:

Free legal assistance for tenants

Renters can get legal help from the following sources:

Legal aid resource center sites

Government resources for legal services

Additional support for renters

Free legal resources for landlords

Property owners can find legal assistance through organizations like these:

Steps to take before seeking legal assistance

Before seeking help from a landlord-tenant attorney, be sure that you've taken these steps:

  • Document everything: keep records of communication regarding disputes, such as urgent repairs or security deposits.
  • Understand your lease: be sure you know the terms of your lease or rental agreement and the details governing the landlord-tenant relationship.
  • Renter's rights: both tenants and property owners should research renters’ legal rights and responsibilities.

Property management software's role in landlord-tenant issues

Property management applications like Azibo can help improve the landlord-tenant relationship by providing the following::

Free housing law advice

Don't let landlord-tenant disputes ruin your day — or your bank account. If you're a renter fighting for your rights or a property owner trying to protect your investment, help is available that won't cost you an arm and a leg.

Knowledge is power. Use the resources we've listed to understand your rights, document everything, and take action. From free legal aid to property management software, you've got tools to keep your rental situation on the right track.

Free legal advice for landlord-tenant law: FAQs

What is the term for lawyers working for free?

When lawyers take a case or work for free, it's called "pro bono work."

How can you contact a lawyer who works for free?

To contact a free lawyer, you can reach out to legal aid organizations, use pro bono services offered by law firms, or seek assistance from your local bar association.

Who do I call for renter's rights in California?

For renters' rights in California, contact the California Department of Justice Tenant Hotline  toll-free at 888-495-8020. You can also visit LawHelpCA for free or low-cost legal assistance. 

Important Note: This post is for informational and educational purposes only. It should not be taken as legal, accounting, or tax advice, nor should it be used as a substitute for such services. Always consult your own legal, accounting, or tax counsel before taking any action based on this information.

Nichole Stohler

Nichole co-founded Gateway Private Equity Group, with a history of investments in single-family and multi-family properties, and now a specialization in hotel real estate investments. She is also the creator of, a blog dedicated to real estate investing.

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