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Landlord & Tenant

Landlord & Tenant

The Landlord & Tenant Branch handles all actions for the possession of real property.

The Landlord & Tenant Branch handles actions by property owners who have disputes with their tenants. Some examples of cases filed in the Landlord & Tenant Branch include: violations of lease agreements, keeping a pet in violation of a no-pets rule; bringing in an unauthorized roommate or subleasing without permission; or interfering with other tenants’ ability to peacefully enjoy their homes.

The Landlord and Tenant Branch handles all actions for the possession of real property, including evictions. The Housing Conditions Calendar handles requests from a tenant that the court enter an order requiring the landlord to repair the tenant’s rental unit.

Resource Center

The Resource Center provides free legal information to both unrepresented landlords and unrepresented tenants who have residential housing disputes.

  • Help self-represented persons understand court proceedings;
  • Assist self-represented persons prepare pleadings;
  • Coach self-represented persons how best to present cases in court;
  • Provide information on how to obtain continuances and retain counsel;
  • Make referrals to legal service providers in appropriate cases;
  • Inform low-income litigants of financial and other social service resources that might be available and refer them to the appropriate resources.
Law Students in Court

Students from local law schools are available during the school year to provide advice to unrepresented tenants and assist them in filling out forms and pleadings. In some cases, a student supervised by a licensed attorney will represent a tenant throughout the case. Law Students in Court is generally in the Landlord and Tenant court beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Resources and Forms
Rules of Procedure for the Landlord and Tenant Branch Download

The Landlord and Tenant Branch of the Civil Division handles all actions for the possession of real property. Click to see more about landlord & tenant matters. 


Landlord Tenant Conference Center to Open 5/18/17:

The Conference Center is additional meeting space on the 2nd floor of Court Building B for landlords and tenants who have cases in the Landlord and Tenant Branch to discuss settlement options. The Center will also house offices for the Legal Aid Society of DC and Bread for the City who provide services to litigants referred to them by the Landlord-Tenant Resource Center and the Court.

Landlord Tenant Conference Center Opening Invitation Download

Small Claims and Landlord and Tenant Courtrooms Document Presentation Equipment:

Did you know that you can present your documents and pictures on the big monitor in the Small Claims and Landlord and Tenant Courtrooms using our NOMAD equipment? There is no reservation required; Just ask a Courtroom Clerk for assistance.

NOMAD Flyer Download

New Rental Housing Late Fee Fairness Act:

The Court will no longer accept Notice to Tenant of Payment to Avoid Eviction Forms (Form 6) that include late fees.

Rental Housing Late Fee Fairness Amendment Act of 2016 Download

New Interactive Telephone System:

Effective Monday, January 30, 2017 a new interactive voice response telephone system will be implemented to provide 24/7 access to real time case information.

Interactive Voice Response Telephone System Download

Changes to Landlord and Tenant Branch Trials:

Effective Monday, January 30, 2017 - the time for trials will change from 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Please click here for detailed information.

Civil Division

Presiding Judge: J. Ramsey Johnson
Deputy Presiding Judge: Laura A. Cordero
Director: Zabrina W. Dempson, Esq.

Court Building B
510 4th Street NW,
Washington, DC 20001

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Hours of Operation

8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. to 12 noon

6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (only Small Claims, and Landlord & Tenant)

Filings can be made in the after-hours filing box in the lobby of the Moultrie Courthouse.

Branch Telephone Numbers

Civil Actions Branch:
(202) 879-1133

Landlord and Tenant Branch:
(202) 879-4879

Small Claims and Conciliation Branch:
(202) 879-1120

Quality Review Branch:
(202) 879-1750