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

Case #21-0046315

Urgent

Client seeks representation at an eviction hearing, scheduled for April 26, 2021, at 9:30 am, in Municipal Court. VIP can provide guidance on appearing in court remotely. Client moved into the property with her infant in June 2019. Client reached out to her landlord asking for assistance because she did not feel safe after multiple altercations with another tenant. Client states the landlord helped the situation for a while but stopped even though the other tenant was still an issue. Client began withholding rent in February 2021 due to feeling threatened by the landlord and has the money in escrow. Client states there are multiple repairs in the property include multiple leaks, mice infestation, plumbing issues, and more. The eviction complaint seeks February – March 2021 rent, repair fee, court costs, and ongoing rent from the date of filing. Landlord is suing client for breaches of the lease including disturbances at property, arguments including physical altercations between tenants, police called multiple times, and property damage inside the unit. Defenses include no lead-safe certificate, breach of the implied warranty of habitability, and expired rental license as of March 1, 2021. Landlord is unrepresented.