Preventing Eviction Over a Personal Vendetta

Acting on a personal vendetta, a landlord refused to accept rent for the last month on a tenant’s lease. The landlord then filed an eviction order for nonpayment and other baseless lease violations. Unfamiliar with navigating housing law regulations and at risk of having an eviction on her rental history, the tenant contacted CPLP. A volunteer attorney helped her file counterclaims demanding payment for damages and attorneys’ fees. This led to a settlement that required the landlord to drop the eviction order, forfeit the last month’s rent payment, and repay the entire security deposit.