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

Case #20-0045706

Spanish-speaking client seeks representation at an eviction hearing scheduled for Monday, December 28, 2020, at 11:00am in Municipal Court. VIP can provide guidance on requesting a remote hearing (via Zoom), which is generally granted, or can provide details on the court’s significant COVID-19 precautions in the courtroom should the volunteer prefer to attend in-person. Client has had children under 6 years old in the property since moving in. At the time of move in client verbally requested a lead safe certificate from the landlord who told her it was not required in Philadelphia. Client began withholding rent in September 2020 due to repairs needed in the property, including a collapsing roof and plumbing issues that client has paid to fix. Client filed a police report in July 2020 after her landlord banged on her door and threatened her. The eviction complaint seeks September 2020 rent, water bill, late fees, court costs and ongoing rent from the date of filing. Defenses include breach of implied warranty of habitability, lack of lead safe certificate, and failure to deliver the CRS and Partners in Good Housing Handbook. Client’s goal is to move out. Landlord is unrepresented. Client is Spanish-speaking; interpretation services available upon request.