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Tenant duty counsel

Tenant duty counsel

If you have a telephone hearing during the COVID-19 situation, you can sign up for free legal advice at tdc.acto.ca or call 1-877-374-0391.

Tenant duty counsel help tenants who don’t have a lawyer on the day of their hearing with the Landlord and Tenant Board. The Landlord and Tenant Board is the tribunal that decides issues between landlords and tenants.

Duty counsel are lawyers and legal workers paid for by Legal Aid Ontario. They can:

  • give legal advice
  • review documents and prepare forms
  • help tenants and landlords agree on issues
  • sometimes represent tenants during a hearing

If you have a telephone hearing, you can usually talk to duty counsel when you call in for your hearing. Try to call at least 30 minutes early.