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Case Type Landlord-Tenant Skills Developed Client Interviewing/Courtroom Experience/Negotiation

Case #20-0044857

Client seeks assistance at an eviction hearing, to be rescheduled, in Municipal Court – Room 3. Client had a Fair Housing Commission (FHC) hearing on March 3, 2020, and an order was issued. The FHC found that the landlord owes the tenant money based on the habitability issues and should return the security deposit according to PA law. Prior to the order being issued, there were multiple habitability issues in the property. The client vacated the property before the date listed in the FHC order, but before his co-tenant father was going to repair and clean, unauthorized occupants broke into the home and started living there. The client, who found this out through neighbors, called the landlord right away. The landlord changed the locks werell before the move-out date, making it impossible to complete repairs or clean. Landlord is claiming believes client rented out his property to unauthorized occupants which client denies. Client is now out of state and unable to return in person for the hearing. Municipal Court Ccomplaint listed January 2020 rent, late fees, water bill, repair costs, attorney’s fees, and court costs, along with ongoing rent. However, the FHC order listed money due to the client. Client would like the matter resolved and to have the Fair Housing Order enforced. Landlord is represented by Howard Ford, Esq.