Housing/Consumer

Legal Aid Housing Law, Consumer LawLegal Aid Service of Broward County (LAS) helps to advance housing justice for the poor for both low-income homeowners and tenants by preventing foreclosures and evictions, increasing and preserving the supply of decent affordable housing; improving existing housing conditions, including physical conditions and management practices; and by expanding and enforcing low-income tenants’ rights. Legal Aid provides legal consultation, advocacy, and representation to both individual clients and tenant groups
in the areas of:

  • Public and subsidized housing
  • Eviction defense
  • Illegal lockout or shut-off of utilities by landlords
  • Tenant demands for repairs
  • Tenant rights when home is not sanitary or safe
  • Enforcement of rights for tenants renting from landlords who are in foreclosure
  • Enforcement of rights for tenants renting from landlords who are not paying condominium association fees
  • Security deposit disputes

Our Housing Unit is proud to partner with the City of Fort Lauderdale to provide services to persons with HIV/AIDS.  Through our HOPWA program, you may be eligible to receive extended housing services from our staff.  Please call 954-358-5642 if you wish to make an appointment or use our walk in procedures, if you are a person with HIV/AIDS and you are at risk of becoming homeless or your housing is unsuitable.

Similarly, our Housing Unit provides extensive services to United States Veterans.  Through a Broward County collaboration led by the United Way, our SSVF (Supportive Services for Veterans) Project is available to assist Veterans facing homelessness or other issues which impact your housing.  In addition to our list of documents required for intake, Veterans should also have their DD-214 available.

 

Intake for the Housing Unit:

For landlord-tenant issues listed above, intake is Monday through Thursday : Walk-ins start at 8:30am and at 2:00pm.

This unit will also take walk-ins Friday mornings ONLY.. Walk-in clients are seen on a first come, first serve basis, except in when it is deemed necessary to take a client out of order due to the urgency of their legal needs. Appointments are also available.

You MUST bring in all the following documents in order to be seen:

  • Picture Identification
  • Proof of any and all household income including but not limited to ANY Public Benefits being received and/or Child Support payments; Employment; Unemployment Compensation; Social Security, etc.
  • Lease
  • Resident – alien card
  • All notices from the landlord, courts or housing authority (if applicable)

For low-income homeowners, Legal Aid reviews the following types of cases:

  • Mortgage foreclosures
  • Condominium and homeowner association foreclosures
  • Construction lien foreclosures
  • Foreclosures due to unpaid property taxes
  • Mobile home replevin and other non-eviction cases where loss of home is threatened
  • Bankruptcies under both Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 if needed to prevent the loss of home

Intake for low-income homeowners faced with foreclosures is conducted according to staff resources. Contact the Administrative Assistant for the Housing/Consumer unit at 954-736-2492 to find out our current intake procedure.

Individuals must have the following information to complete an application for all services:

  • Picture Identification
  • Proof of any and all household income including but not limited to ANY Public Benefits being received and/or Child Support payments; Employment; Unemployment Compensation; Social Security, etc.
  • All Documents Relevant to Your Situation
  • A copy of the foreclosure summons and complaint

After a full legal review of all documents and information you provide, you will be advised of which service, if any, of the following will be provided to you.

Advice and counsel : AN ATTORNEY WILL NOT BE REPRESENTING YOU.  A member of our legal team will talk to you about the law and possible defenses or claims you may have and you can ask any and all questions you have.  You will be advised on the legal process and what you can expect as your case or issue proceeds.  If you have questions in the future, you can return to our office for additional advice or review.  If you do return for additional assistance, you must update us with new information and documents that occurred since your first visit. 

Representation : An attorney will be assigned to represent you on your matter, which may include more than advice and counsel).

Declined : Your case does not meet our eligibility or case requirements and regretfully we will be unable to give you advice and counsel or representation. 

Community Partners and Links to Helpful Websites

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