You can start by contacting Neighborhood Legal Services in Lynn, (781) 599-7730.
Depending on the nature of your case, landlord-tenant attorneys might also take your case on contingency -- that is, they don't get paid unless you win.
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It depends on what the issue is.
For example, if your security deposit has been unlawfully withheld, you will have no trouble finding a lawyer: I and almost all other attorneys take those cases on contingency and you will not need to go to legal aid.
If you don't live in-state, why do you need a Mass. housing attorney?
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Also try Greater Boston Legal Services (free but very very busy); Massachusetts Bar Assn. Lawyer Referral Service and Boston Bar Association LRS, all susceptible to online searches for their phone numbers. The latter two have pro bono and reduced fee panels, which are somewhat sparsely populated. I agree with the attorney who suggested that there are many landlord/tenant disputes susceptible to contingent fee agreements. If you think you are getting screwed by your landlord, rather than the opposite, then your case is probably one of those.