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Case Type Small Business Skills Developed Counsel and Advice/Negotiation

Case #20-0045729

Urgent

Landlord/Tenant – Client is an established small health-services business offering acupuncture and coaching services primarily to women. Client ceased operations in March 2020 after the state-mandated shutdown, and continued to make rent payments for the months of April, May, and half of June. Client had planned to resume operations in July, but landlord refused to make requested structural repairs and COVID-19 safety protocol updates to the building. Client asked on July 12th for the May and June payments to be refunded and the lease to be terminated immediately. Landlord declared client to be in breach of the lease and rejected the request for the partial refund. Client vacated the space on July 27th and requested to be refunded the security deposit + 2.5 months’ rent ($2400 in sum). Landlord responded on October 5th to accuse client of influencing other tenants to vacate the property (resulting in financial damages), and threatened litigation. Client seeks counsel & advice on the possible recovery of the security deposit and rent payments made to the landlord during the shutdown. Client may subsequently need assistance with corresponding with the former landlord to recover payment.