The term "housing" refers to arrangements regarding one’s living and residential status. It often refers to buildings that house multiple families, such as apartment complexes or other locations. Housing attorneys represent clients in matters related to residential property, especially those involving leases and rental agreements.
With regards to housing, the property owner must follow various laws, safety codes, and procedures for dealing with residents. For instance, they must follow state and federal standards when it comes to providing access for persons with disabilities.
Most housing disputes revolve around major issues such as housing discrimination and equal opportunity housing. These may often require the assistance of an attorney, especially if federal or state violations are in question. In such cases, the attorney may need to represent the landlord in court to help prove that they did not violate any statutes or laws.
Other legal issues that housing attorneys assist with may include:
- Landlord liability (esp. for tenant’s injuries)
- Statutory violations (such as those involving the Fair Housing Act)
- Breaches of contracts
- Property disputes
- Toxic torts such as mold exposure
Some housing claims may also involve class action filings. This can happen for instance if several parties claimed to be affected by one property owner.
Housing laws can often involve some serious legal disputes and issues. You may need to hire a qualified property or real estate lawyer if you have any legal disputes or concerns. Your attorney can provide you with guidance and legal representation if you need help with any issues. Also, if you need to appear in court, your lawyer will be able to inform you of your legal options and rights.