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About LCBH

Law Center for Better Housing (LCBH) is the only non-profit law firm in the Chicago area that focuses solely on low and moderate income renters in the private housing market. LCBH provides free legal and supportive services to improve housing stability for lower income renters while advocating for the rights of all renters until everyone in Chicago has a safe, decent, and affordable place to call home.


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

The condition of my apartment / building is not up to standards.

My landlord is discriminating against me.

I am being evicted.

My landlord is retaliating against me.

I have questions about how security deposits work.

The apartment I live in is in foreclosure.

I have been locked out of my apartment by my landlord.

I do not have heat, running water, hot water, electricity, gas, or plumbing.

I have questions about emergency rental assistance


Housing Problems Solved

Meet Renny!
A free resource for Chicago renters facing housing issues, Rentervention is a joint project of the Law Center for Better Housing, Illinois Legal Aid Online, the Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois, and other advocates dedicated to helping Chicago tenants.

Eviction Filings (Annual Average)

Explore the Data

Each year more than 20,000 people are evicted from their homes in Chicago. Tens of thousands more experience problems with the conditions in their homes or with disputes over security deposits filings per 100 rental units)
Between 2010 and 2019 Chicago saw an average eviction filing rate of 3.7% (filings per 100 rental units).
Put in human terms, that’s about 1 in 25 renters and their families facing eviction each year.


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


Our volunteers level the playing field by giving low-income renters a voice in court.

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Recent LCBH BLOG Posts

LCBH welcomes 2024 summer interns

LCBH welcomes 2024 summer interns

Help us welcome our 2024 summer interns! We can’t wait to see everything they’ll accomplish for Chicago’s renters as they tackle legal issues in and outside of eviction court through eviction defense, sealing, conditions issues, and Rentervention. Meet our fabulous five and learn what they’re...

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Mark’s Musings: January 2024

Mark’s Musings: January 2024

Amid all the changes in the last year, there is one constant: our staff. Our staff attorneys, paralegals, supportive services, and administrative team are the backbone of our work. I’m proud to share that as LCBH continues to deliver high-quality services to renters, we are also cultivating an organization where housing advocates want to work. Learn more about the steps LCBH has taken in the past year to make this more than just a proclamation.

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