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

Case #20-0045735

Client seeks representation at an eviction hearing, scheduled for December 22, 2020, at 3:00 pm, in Municipal Court. Parties have a right to appear in Municipal Court via Zoom or telephonically. VIP can provide guidance on requesting a telephonic or remote hearing (via Zoom), or can provide details on the court’s significant COVID-19 precautions in the courtroom should the volunteer prefer to attend in-person. Client moved into the property with his fiancé and two children in 2018. The client was promised a three-bedroom unit however, the third bedroom remained unfinished upon move in. The client started withholding rent due to habitability issues and the unfinished bedroom in June 2019. The property has multiple repair issues that the client called L&I for in September 2020. The client had the rent money in escrow, but because of losing his job due to COVID, he states he used most of it. The client’s fiancé recently applied for rental assistance. Defenses include breach of the implied warranty of habitability and failure to provide the Emergency Housing Protection Act Notice of Rights to the tenant. The eviction complaint seeks May 2020 – September 2020 rent, court costs, and ongoing rent from the date of filing. The client’s goal is to move out of the property and is interested in negotiating before the court date. Landlord is represented by David Denenberg, Esq. Skills Developed: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation, Client Interviewing