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

Case #20-0044941

Urgent

Client seeks assistance at an eviction hearing, to be rescheduled, in Municipal Court – Room 3. Client has been living in the property since 2012 and always paid rent to the landlord in cash, receiving a receipt. Landlord would write the water bill amount on the side of receipt, but client never saw the bills. Client paid 3 months’ rent upon move in, and landlord still has two months of security deposit. Client’s mother passed away December 2019, and he was $100 short in rent for the month and could not pay the water bill. Client paid January 2020 rent, and client had February 2020 rent, but landlord never came to pick it up. The eviction complaint seeks (partial) September 2019, full December 2019 to February 2020 rent, water bill, court costs, and ongoing rent from the date of filing. Defenses include proof of rent paid, excess security deposit, and failure to receive Certificate of Rental Suitability. Client wants additional time in the property to save money to move out. Landlord is unrepresented.