The housing law unit primarily handles landlord-tenant disputes. Most of our work consists of representing low income tenants in eviction defense, though we also help eligible landlords. We assist clients with affirmative conditions cases, subsidy terminations and denials, housing application denials, and reasonable accommodation.
Our Boston Housing Court Lawyer for the Day held on Wednesday and Thursday mornings is an ongoing project. Law students help screen clients for eligibility and assist the volunteer attorneys with landlord-tenant cases. The project is a good opportunity to learn housing law through shadowing experienced attorneys, observing court proceedings, and interviewing clients. Law students who are certified to practice under Rule 3:03 have the opportunity to represent clients in mediations and in hearings before a judge.
Outside of the Lawyer for the Day project, they will engage in research and memoranda writing on various issues of housing law, helping to prepare cases to refer to our pro bono attorneys, and developing training materials to educate service providers and other attorneys about housing law.
If you don't have experience in housing cases, we ask that you attend one of VLP's free Housing Law 101 trainings. Please check www.vlpnet.org for upcoming training dates.