The Attorney General's role in "Landlord-Tenant" disputes is limited. We are not authorized by law to provide legal advice or private legal services to individual citizens. We can, however, offer you general information which may help you to help yourself.
There may be a local consumer protection agency in your city or county. Your local telephone book would include the telephone number and address of such an agency.
The local health department or building department are the authorities to contact if your complaint relates to the health or safety of tenants. The name, address and telephone number will also be found in your local telephone book under city or county government.
If you feel your grievance merits legal action, we suggest that you confer with a private attorney to discuss the merits of your case. If your dispute involves less than $5,000, you have the option of using the small claims court system. In small claims actions, individuals are responsible for explaining their positions to judges without being represented by an attorney. Individuals are also responsible for producing witnesses or documents which they feel are necessary to support their positions.
Additional information about this procedure is available from the small claims court, which is usually located in your local courthouse. You may find the correct address and number by referring to your telephone directory white pages in the Government Section under "Courts".