19-0043988 Urgent Need
Client seeks assistance with an urgent landlord tenant matter. The eviction complaint seeks unpaid rent for January (partial) 2019 through July 2019, as wells as late fees, attorney fees, court costs, and ongoing rent from the date of filing. Client has been living in the property with her husband and two children for over two years. Client has three-year-old child but there is no lead safe certificate for the property. Client has been withholding rent since May due to the landlord harassing her and her family and threatening eviction. Client states that the dispute began because she requested her excess security deposit be used towards one month’s rent and the landlord refused. Client has proof of payments from January to April 2019 and text messages from landlord showing her balance is significantly lower than the amount claimed in the complaint. Defenses include that rent requested has been paid, failure to provide client with lead safe certificate, and excess security deposit. Client would like to remain in the property and work out a payment plan. Landlord is represented by Todd Baritz, Esq. Eviction hearing is scheduled for August 21, 2019 at 8:45am in Courtroom 3.