We hope you will not experience a housing dispute. However, if you do it is very important that you follow legal avenues to find a solution. Never stop paying your rent because you are unhappy with your housing situation. You lose your tenant’s rights by violating the terms of the lease if you do. Yale's Office of Off-Campus Living offers the following advice when you have issues with your landlord.
Are you having issues with your landlord?
All lease and tenant issues should be addressed first with the property owner directly. For resources:
- See the State of Connecticut’s frequently asked questions HERE.
- And the State of Connecticut’s Tenant rights HERE [PDF].
- Refer to the New Haven’s Livable City Initiative and the list of common violations [PDF].
The Graduate Student Assembly’s legal aid program can offer assistance in circumstances where a tenant would like to pursue legal action. Each month during the academic year, graduate students have the opportunity to meet with volunteer lawyers from the New Haven Bar Association for a one-on-one consultation. Graduate students can also access a list of local attorneys for free consultations and discounted service fees. If interested in this list, please email the Assistant Dean of the Graduate School, Robert Harper-Mangels.
Note: This Attorney Referral List has been compiled to assist graduate students in finding legal services at an affordable rate. Yale University is not responsible for the quality of the services provided, for the ultimate outcome of any matter, or for the terms of any agreement entered into with an attorney on this list.
Other groups that may help advocate for you:
If the conflict remains unresolved and you would like to request assistance from the Off Campus Living Office, contact them at email@example.com.