Client seeks representation at an eviction hearing scheduled for August 25, 2022, at 8:45am in Municipal Court. Client moved into the property in 2014; he now lives there with his 2 young children and grandmother. Since move in, landlord refused to make repairs to the property, so client has been maintaining it himself at his own expense. One ongoing issue he has not been able to fix himself is the leaking sewage pipe in the basement that constantly backs up and causes plumbing issues in the rest of the home. Landlord is suing for Mar.-Jul. 2022 rent, attorney fees, court costs, ongoing rent from date of filing, and termination of term. Client was incarcerated from mid-February thru May 2022 and was unable to pay rent. Client’s grandmother made a $1000 payment and may have a receipt. While they are on the docket, client did not receive the notice to vacate or the Notice of Diversion Rights. Defenses include no lead certificate, breach of the implied warranty of habitability, client did not receive the Certificate of Rental Suitability or handbook from landlord, possible receipt for payment, possible lack of notice to vacate and good cause reason to terminate short-term lease, and possible lack of Notice of Diversion Rights. Landlord is represented by Ken Baritz, Esq.