CLS assists low income Arizonans obtain safe, decent housing.
CLS assists low income Arizonans obtain safe, decent housing. The agency empowers future and current tenants and homeowners through education, legal representation, brief service, and community partnerships.
Did You Know . . .
- Preventing evictions
- Preserving public housing and subsidized housing such as Section 8 Vouchers, Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), and supportive housing
- Ensuring decent, safe, and habitable housing, including necessary repairs
- Assisting families affected by domestic violence and sexual assault in terminating leases and preventing eviction
- Preventing housing discrimination against tenants and homebuyers
- Preventing foreclosure by mortgage lenders, HOAs or tax lien holders due to financial hardship
- Assistance in recovering excess proceeds after a home foreclosure
Answers to the most frequently asked questions.
I am being evicted. Where can I find free self-help materials?
Visit Legal Info Videos: Landlord/Tenant Disputes & Eviction – Residential
Where do I find forms to assert my rights as a tenant, such as notice to my landlord to make repairs, lease termination and returning deposit?
I have been served with an eviction lawsuit. Where can I get the forms that need to be filed with the court to defend the lawsuit?
Visit the Justice Court website:
I have received notice that my housing subsidy, housing choice voucher, or public housing is being terminated. What should I do?
You have the right, if requested in time, to ask for a meeting with your property manager or hearing with the public housing agency. Many disputes can be worked out. However, if you do not ask for a meeting or hearing on time, you may lose your rights. If you receive a termination notice, we suggest that you immediately contact CLS for assistance.
I have a problem with the quality of my rental housing. Do I have the right to withhold my rent payment until the landlord fixes the problem?
No. Under Arizona Laws, withholding rent in the majority of cases is grounds for eviction.
My family is a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault and will need to move for safety reasons. Can I break my lease without financial consequences or ruining my credit?
Yes. The law (ARS § 33-1318) allows for domestic violence victims to terminate their lease agreement if they provide the landlord with written notice and a copy of a police report or an Order of Protection within thirty (30) days of the abuse. You are only liable for rent owed or paid through the date of the lease termination plus any previously outstanding obligations. The landlord may ask for additional information, such as the name and address, if known, of the perpetrator.
I think I am being discriminated against or being denied an accommodation for my disability. What can I do?
Housing discrimination, or refusal to accommodate a disability, may be a violation of both state and federal Fair Housing law. To report housing discrimination or denial of an accommodation, contact:
- opens in a new windowArizona’s Attorney General’s Office
- opens in a new windowSouthwest Fair Housing Council
- opens in a new windowHousing and Urban Development (HUD)
- Additionally, Community Legal Services can provide Fair Housing advocacy such as eviction prevention and obtaining reasonable accommodations.
My home sold at foreclosure for more than what was owed to the foreclosing lender. Do I have any rights to the excess monies?
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