I have to go to court for non - payment . I don't know if this is an illegal apartment or not . I was told it was by landlord but now I'm not sure because then why would he file for back payment . I did some research and I read that if a room / part of the rental was taken by landlord that the case would be dropped , he took my child's room . I also thought if it was illegal I wouldn't have to pay back rent . I offered him some money and public assistance but he did not want to help me get public assistance even though the money would be for him . We also agreed a couple of months ago that I would move out in the summer when my child finished school . There has also been many problems with apartment , no oven for over a year , no stove , mold , leaking , bugs . Can I get a free lawyer or is it too late ?