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

Case #20-0045853


Client seeks representation at an eviction hearing scheduled for December 30, 2020 at 9:30 am in Municipal Court – Room 3. 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 in April 2019 with her husband and two children. One of her children was 5 years old at the time. Client lost her job in March due to COVID-19, and her husband works sporadically. They have been unable to pay rent since March 2020; however, they pay partial rent when able to do so. Client has already sent the CDC declaration form to her landlord. Additionally, several repairs are needed on the property, including a collapsed patio and a flooded basement. Client has called L&I and has photos of the state of the property. Client recently received a shut-off notice from PGW because the property owner owes over $8,000 in past due water bills. The eviction complaint seeks ongoing rent from the date of filing, including December 2019 through October 2020 rent, late fees, past due water bill, and court costs. Defenses include lack of a valid rental license for some rent claimed, implied warranty of habitability, lack of receipt of the certificate of rental suitability, and lack of receipt of lead safe certificate. Landlord is unrepresented. Client is Spanish-speaking; A Penn student has agreed to interpret for the case.