19-0043139 Urgent Need
Client seeks assistance with an urgent landlord tenant matter. Client’s landlord sued her twice for the same matter and then withdrew the second complaint, causing client to miss the still-outstanding hearing and resulting in a default judgment. Client filed a petition to open the default judgment two days after the missed hearing and now seeks legal representation at her upcoming eviction hearing. The eviction complaint seeks a judgment of possession and a money judgment for unpaid rent and water for February, a late fee, attorney’s fees, court costs and ongoing rent from the date the complaint was filed. Client moved into the property in February 2018 with the understanding that the landlord would make significant repairs to the property, including installing a handrail alongside the basement stairs, repairing the upstairs heating units, fixing plumbing to provide the bathroom with hot water, replacing the garage door, installing carbon monoxide and fire detectors, and exterminating the mice. Client reports that none of these repairs have been made since she moved into the property despite numerous requests and there are now eight open and “hazardous” L&I violations listed. In response to landlord’s failure to make the requested repairs, client has withheld and saved rent and water payments for February and now March. Client would like to time to move out of the property and avoid having a money judgment entered against her. Defenses include breach of implied warranty of habitability and failure to provide client with a Certificate of Rental Suitability. Opposing counsel is Michael Williams, Esq. Petition hearing is on March 26, 2019, at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 3.