The Houston Apartment Association provides the following contacts to assist apartment residents and multifamily professionals in Fair Housing-related matters.

Greater Houston Fair Housing Center

The Greater Houston Fair Housing Center, Inc., was founded in 1999 by a group of concerned attorneys and community activists. The agency was set up as a new group utilizing HUD Fair Housing Initiatives Program funds with the assistance of the National Fair Housing Alliance. The Center is committed to educating housing consumers and providers. The Center works to uphold Fair Housing law through investigation and enforcement.

2900 Woodridge, Suite 303
Houston, TX 77087
713-641-3247 (641-FAIR)
TTY 713-641-3096
Fax 713-641-3269

City of Houston Housing and Community Development

The City of Houston Housing and Community Development Department offers a free information hotline for tenants and landlords.  Information available may include explanations of applicable laws, procedure for legal options available to tenants and landlords and referrals to other agencies.  Services are provided in English and Spanish (and other languages upon request.) Available Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

832-394-6240 or 832-394-6200 x5

Texas Commission on Human Rights

The mission of the Texas Commission on Human Rights is to enhance the quality of life and economic well-being of the citizens of Texas by reducing discrimination in employment and housing through the administration of the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act and the Texas Fair Housing Act.

6330 Highway 290 East, Suite 250
Austin, TX 78723

Houston Lawyer Referral Service

HLRS can refer you to an attorney who has been screened and selected based on experience. Should you need assistance with a Landlord/Tenant matter, or another area of the law, visit the HLRS Web site or call 713-237-9429.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development

Local HUD Fair Housing Offices

2211 Norfolk, Suite 200
713-313-2274, ext. 7001

Renters and the Law

For more information on Texas law and the rights and responsibilities of renters, visit the Texas Apartment Association Web site at

Also, read an Overview of Tenant Rights provided by the Texas Attorney General's Office (Download the Adobe PDF Reader).

Houston Bar Association Legal Line

Dispute Resolution Center

State Bar Association

Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program

Gulf Coast Legal Foundation

Small Claims Court Information
JP Courts
A list of area justices of the peace and precincts can be found at the official Harris County Website, at