Housing Law division

Volunteer training and case rounds: Wednesdays from 12:40 pm – 1:55 pm
(note: do not rank Housing Law as a preference on your volunteer application unless you are available in this timeslot in both the Fall and Winter terms)

Division description

DLS represents tenants in legal disputes with landlords. Our clients are a mixture of students at the University of Toronto and low-income community members. You can read more information about the types of cases that we accept here.

Our division’s work includes client counseling, summary legal advice, negotiation, alternative dispute resolution, drafting of correspondence and litigation pleadings, and tribunal hearings before the Landlord and Tenant Board. We also plan to expand our work to include housing rights cases before the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal and the Small Claims Court. Our division recognizes that access to adequate, affordable housing is a human right recognized by international law, and we work to prevent evictions, homelessness, disrepair, and harassment.

Volunteer program

During September and October, you will attend and observe upper-year division leaders in litigation appearances, and receive Wednesday briefings for a behind-the-scenes look at ongoing cases. In November, you will receive substantive training in housing law, using examples from the matters that you will have just observed. For the remainder of the year, you will attend Wednesday case rounds every other week to discuss ongoing files with your supervising lawyer, division leaders, and fellow colleagues.

Volunteers will be divided into smaller teams to be more closely mentored by upper-year division leaders throughout the year.

UPPER YEAR VOLUNTEERS are welcome to apply and carry their own files, if you have already completed the DLS Housing volunteer program, Tenant Duty Counsel Assistance Project, or DLS Housing credit course, are enrolled in the DLS Housing credit course for the Winter term, or can demonstrate comparable experience.

Tenant Duty Counsel Assistance Project

Interested in housing, poverty, civil litigation, and/or administrative law? You may also want to check out another volunteer opportunity jointly offered by DLS and the Tenant Duty Counsel Program of the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario.