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About Eviction Defense & Legal Services

Since 1973, UCHC has earned a reputation as trusted legal counselors of low-income Detroiters facing eviction. UCHC offers free counseling services and legal representation to low-income households to help vulnerable tenants solve their landlord-tenant disputes and other rental issues.  


Our dedicated attorneys fight for our clients’ rights in court, and we work hard to help them navigate Michigan’s often complex legal system. UCHC often goes above and beyond for our clients, not only providing legal advice, but also representing many of our clients in non-payment, termination of tenancy, and health hazard cases.   

If you need help, please call the following numbers: 

  UCHC main office: (313) 963-3310 
  Eviction Defense hotline: (313) 725-4646
 Tax Foreclosure hotline: (313) 405-7726 

If you need immediate shelter, please call:

  CAM Detroit: (313) 305-0311

If you have a court hearing coming up, please be sure to have these documents handy

  • Complaint, summons, notice to quit, or demand for possession, and any other court papers you’ve received  

  • Lease, land contract, or other documents setting forth your tenancy/purchase agreement.  

  • If your housing qualifies as Section 8, you’ll need recertification documents that indicate the tenant’s monthly payment amount, move-out packet, or any other documents from Section 8 concerning the property 

  • Receipts for rent (including money-order stubs or bank deposit receipts) 

  • Receipts for any repairs made 

  • Correction order from the City of Detroit Building and Safety Division (BSEED) if you have one 

  • Photographs of any repair issues 

  • Utility bills and receipts for payments if they’re part of your case 

  • Any other papers concerning the property 

Eviction Defense & Legal Services

UCHC landlord-tenant counseling helps low-income tenants avoid evictions, obtain repairs, retain housing subsidies, and much more.

Eviction Defense & Legal Services Impacts

The impact of UCHC’s Eviction Defense initiative includes: 

  • Reduction of eviction rates: this program significantly reduces eviction rates. With UCHC legal representation, tenants have a better chance of winning their cases and remaining in their homes, preventing homelessness and reducing the negative consequences of eviction. 

  • Promoting fair housing practices: this program promote fair housing practices by ensuring that tenants' rights are protected and that landlords follow applicable laws and regulations. This can help reduce discrimination and other forms of unfair treatment in housing. 

  • Improved access to justice: this program improves access to justice by providing legal representation to tenants who may not have been able to afford it otherwise. This can help level the playing field in landlord-tenant disputes and ensure that tenants' rights are protected. 

  • Improved health and well-being: this program improve the health and well-being of tenants by preventing eviction, reducing housing insecurity, and providing stability. This can lead to improved physical and mental health, reduced stress and anxiety, and improved economic stability. 

  • Positive impact on the community: this program has a positive impact on the community as a whole by reducing homelessness, promoting fair housing practices, and improving access to justice. It can also help reduce the strain on social services by preventing eviction and reducing the need for emergency shelter. 

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