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What Does a Tenant Lawyer Do?

A tenant lawyer will represent you in any disputes you have with your landlord. Your lawyer can also review your lease with you to make sure you understand and agree with it.

How Do You Know If You Need a Tenant Lawyer?

You may need a tenant attorney if you are dealing with any of the following:
  • Moving into a new place and unsure of your lease agreement
  • Landlord is ignoring your grievances
  • Landlord is violating your privacy
  • Landlord is trying to evict you
  • You believe you shouldn't have to pay your rent
  • Security deposit dispute
  • Your landlord is suing you
Some security deposit disputes can be handled on your own in small claims court, but if you're confused about the process, you may want to consult with a tenant attorney to help guide you through the steps.

How Much Does a Tenant Lawyer Cost?

Many tenant attorneys charge by the hour, but some also use flat rate services for simple matters such as lease reviews. Rates will vary depending on where you live and what you need your attorney for. Make sure to negotiate a rate before you decide to hire your attorney.

What Should I Expect When Working with a Tenant Lawyer?

A tenant attorney will help resolve any dispute between you and your landlord by interpreting the lease agreement and either representing you in a lawsuit or advising you on your next steps. If your tenant attorney is only reviewing your lease, you can expect to feel comfortable that the agreement between you and your landlord is legally binding and free of any surprises. If you file a lawsuit and win, you can expect to be compensated or allowed to stay in your residence if you're facing eviction.

This article contains general legal information and does not contain legal advice. Rocket Lawyer is not a law firm or a substitute for an attorney or law firm. The law is complex and changes often. For legal advice, please ask a lawyer.

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