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

Case #24-0058225

Urgent

Hearing: May 21st, 2024, at 8:45 AM

In November 2023, Client refused to sign a new lease, citing extensive repair and habitability issues, including lead issues, black mold, broken elevator, and lack of fire alarms. Despite the lease language saying the term would become year-to-year, Landlord told Client she was now on a month-to-month term and increased the rent. Client began withholding rent due to the outstanding issues. Unexpectedly, Landlord gutted Client’s bathroom, leaving it unusable for weeks; Client feels this was in retaliation for the withheld rent. In January, Client notified Landlord that she would be leaving, and officially moved out on March 1st. After Client moved out, Landlord filed for eviction and a $10K money judgment. Client does not want to pay the money judgment because of the numerous habitability problems. Landlord is represented by Robert J. Willwerth, Esq.