During these uncertain times, West Tennessee Legal Services (WTLS) remains a vital service to our low-income neighbors who need civil legal help. We continue to provide a full range of civil legal services including representing victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and financial exploitation; preventing tenants from being unlawfully evicted; enforcing fair housing laws; helping senior citizens; providing help with garnishments; and helping people with consumer debt.   

We are restricting access to our offices for the safety of both our clients and our staff.  Clients will only be allowed in our offices by appointment and when we are unable to provide services by other means. While we are restricting access to our offices, our staff remains able to provide legal help. For legal help, call us at 1-800-372-8346, ext. 250 or (731) 423-0616 to speak with our intake paralegals. Existing clients may call 1-800-372-8346 and use the directory to contact their casehandler.

For a list of available resources during the coronavirus outbreak, click here or check our Facebook page.

Click here for the Tennessee Pledge for Reopening Tennessee Responsibly and here for COVID-19 information and resources from the Office of the Governor. 

Housing Discrimination:
See It - Hear It - Report It.

OUR MISSION: Providing Equal Access To Justice In 17 Counties In West Tennessee

WTLS is a non-profit organization that provides assistance in civil cases to individuals, families and communities. Our goal is to make this service available to the underserved populations of Benton, Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Dyer, Decatur, Gibson, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henry, Henderson, Lake, McNairy, Madison, Obion, and Weakley counties.

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Office Locations

  • Jackson - 800.372.8346
    210 W. Main Street
  • Dyersburg
    208 South Church Avenue
  • Huntingdon
    113 West Paris Street
  • Selmer
    141 North Third Street

The Fair Housing Act

Coverage Under the Act

The act covers residential housing in the markets of rental, sales, lending and insurance to include private and subsidized housing.  

Prohibitions Under the Act

When the housing provider, because of your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or disability:

  • Refuses to negotiate for housing.
  • Sets different terms, conditions or privileges for sale, rental, lending or insurance of a dwelling.
  • Provides different housing services or facilities.
  • Falsely denies that housing is available for inspection, sale or rental.
  • For profit, induces someone to sell or rent because of the protected class that is moving into the neighborhood.
  • Denies anyone access to or membership in a rental or sales facility or service (such as a multiple listing service).
  • Threatens, coerces, intimidates or interferes with anyone exercising a fair housing right or assisting others to exercise a right.
  • Advertises or makes any statement that indicates a limitation, preference, or discrimination based on a protected class.

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