Where can I get free legal help for my eviction court hearing?

If you've been evicted for not paying your rent and are going to court over this, you can get free assistance from lawyers.

The Ontario Bar Association has created the Eviction Help: The Tenant-Lawyer Connection Portal (TLCP) to assist tenants facing eviction. The TLCP is a pop-up portal for a virtual meeting space where volunteer lawyers can provide you free legal services to help you prepare for your court hearing.

Due to the pandemic, a lot of people are facing eviction for non-payment of rent and have a hearing scheduled before the Landlord and Tenant Board. If this happened to you, you’re eligible for this free service.

Participating lawyers will provide 30-minutes of legal summary advice to assist you in preparation for your court hearing. The session will involve a one-on-one discussion about your eviction situation and what legal options are available to you.

How does it work?

You must be a tenant who:

  • Is facing eviction for non-payment of rent.
  • Have a hearing scheduled before the Landlord and Tenant Board.

And you can easily register for the services by visiting the online TLCP Registration Portal where you will sign up for a day and time to connect with a lawyer, while also accessing important resources to assist you with your court appearance. 

  1. After you register, you will be asked to confirm your attendance 24 hours prior to the appointment. 
  2. Once confirmed, a link is sent to you that allows you to log on to the Portal on the day and time you’ve been scheduled. 
  3. On your appointment date, you will meet in a virtual space with a lawyer for a half-hour, one-on-one session where they will prepare you for your hearing. This is a free service.

The Portal runs every Monday and Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m,. and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., but can register can any time. 

NOTE: Neither the OBA nor the ACTO are providing legal advice and neither are responsible for the provision or quality of legal advice. Lawyers you speak with through the TLCP are not employed by or insured by the OBA or ACTO, and neither the OBA nor ACTO guarantees that you will be matched. Lawyers on the TLCP will decide whether they are willing to take on your matter or provide advice on a pro bono basis as part of their own practice.

Prepared by: The Ontario Bar Association

For More Information

  • Does your landlord want you to move out? - This fact sheet covers the basics of an eviction process. Available in more than 5 languages. From CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario).
  • Moving Out - This booklet describes what tenants have to do if they want to move out, and what can happen if they do not follow the rules.
  • Can your landlord take your stuff? - This booklet explains what landlords can do with personal property that tenants leave behind when they move or are evicted.
  • Navigate Tribunals Ontario- With this online tool from the Landlord and Tenant Board you can customize your search to access resources on your rights and responsibilities. The tool is designated to help you navigate the rules set out by the Landlord and Tenant Board.
  • Landlord and Tenant Board - Provides information about the RTA and to resolve disputes between most residential landlords and tenants. 
  •   What Tenants Need to Know About the Law - Topics covered include rent increases, deposits and other charges, repairs and maintenance, privacy, moving out, and eviction.
Last updated: June 30, 2021 4006489