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

Case #20-0045757

Client seeks representation at an eviction hearing, scheduled for December 24, 2020, at 11:00 am, 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 moved into the property with her son in February 2019. In February 2020 client started having problems with plumbing resulting in a backup of her sewage in the basement. In August 2020 client called Licensing and Inspection and the Water Department to report the problem after a failed attempt by her landlord to fix it. The Water Department gave client a citation. Client paid $400 to fix her sewage pipe and started withholding rent. Defense includes breach of the implied warranty of habitability due to plumbing issues, pest infestation, and mold. The eviction complaint seeks water bill, drain cleaning fee, attorney fees, court costs, and ongoing rent from the date of filing. Client’s goal is to move out of the property, but she is interested in staying if her rent is lowered. Landlord is represented by Bart Levy, Esq.