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

Case #20-0044978

Client seeks assistance in landlord-tenant appeal. Landlord’s Municipal Court complaint sought possession and rent from November 2019 on, late fees, court costs, and attorney’s fees. Client originally sent landlord a letter stating that he would be withholding rent as of November 2019 after the landlord refused to keep the heat on in the property during the winter months. Client also called L&I, who cited the landlord with three violations. The city is now suing the landlord for the violations. A judgment for possession as well as a money judgment in the amount of $3,449.75 was entered against defendant after a contested hearing. The judge ruled against the tenant despite the open violations and invalid Certificate of Rental Suitability. Client would like to remain in the property until the end of his lease in July 2020. Landlord was represented by Alison DeMedeiros in the Municipal Court Hearing. A Court of Common Pleas Settlement Conference is scheduled for Thursday, April 9, 2020, at 2:30 pm in City Hall Rm 691. Trial is set for May 4, 2020, in City Hall Courtroom 446.