Get Legal Help

LCBH provides FREE legal services to renters to help solve serious housing issues.

Getting Help With LCBH

a trusted advocate by your side

Are you a Chicago renter experiencing:

  • Eviction
  • A building foreclosure (assistance available statewide)
  • Housing discrimination
  • Unsafe apartment or building conditions
  • Landlord retaliation because you are trying to solve a problem in the building
  • Utility shut-off by your landlord
  • Issues with your landlord requiring the help of an attorney

Our staff can protect your rights and will work with you to reach the best solution for your situation in terms that you understand.

Emergency Situations

Are you being forced from your home? Is your living situation putting you in danger? Are the conditions of your apartment an immediate risk to your health or safety? Emergency situations in housing do arise and you may need to take action before you are able to consult with an attorney or advocate.

Tenants in Foreclosure Help Desk

Lacy Burpee at Tenants in Foreclosure Help Desk

The Tenants in Foreclosure Help Desk was launched in 2011 to provide renters and attorneys in eviction court with legal information regarding renters’ rights during foreclosure with the goal of preserving tenancies and avoiding unwarranted evictions.

Understanding Your Lease

Understanding Your Lease

A lease is a contract containing promises between you and the landlord. There are two types: a written lease and a spoken or oral agreement. Both are recognized by the courts and can be legally binding. Understanding what you are agreeing to when signing a lease or what you are agreeing to orally with your landlord is very important.

Know Your Rights

Our Renters’ Resource Guide was created to assist renters in understanding the legal remedies available under the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance. The remedies provided in the ordinance were designed and intended for use by non-lawyers, but if you are involved in a lawsuit as a result of a landlord dispute, you should consult an attorney immediately.

Common Legal Problems

Knowledge is power! The more you know about your rights and responsibilities, the sooner you can recognize a potential problem and take appropriate action.

Renter Resources

In an effort to provide comprehensive information on renters' rights and renters' issues, LCBH has assembled an ever growing collection of resources