CLS provides limited legal advice to homeowners who have outstanding housing code violations from the Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I). CLS does not generally provide legal representation in these cases.
Before you call, please gather any relevant paperwork you have about your code enforcement issue with L&I.
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Please listen to all the prompts, choose your issue and leave a message. Your call will be returned in 1-2 business days.
If you get notice of a violation, it is important not to ignore it. It is usually useful to communicate with L&I to understand what is needed to correct the violation. L&I often allows additional time to resolve the problem as long as they know you are working on it.
If the City files a code violation case in Municipal Court, you must attend the hearing unless you are certain that the case has been resolved. Be sure to be there on time. Otherwise, a decision could be entered against you by default and you could be held responsible for fines or fees. Cases filed in Common Pleas Court are more complicated and usually require a lawyer to file a written response in a format that complies with court rules.
If you do not speak English, L&I is required to communicate with you in your own language.
If you need assistance to make the repairs required by L&I, there are several programs that provide home repair grants or low-interest loans to low-income homeowners. Unfortunately, waiting lists can be very long. For more information, see Home Repair.