Home for the Holidays
Each year, many families face serious housing dilemmas such as intimidation by landlords, illegal evictions and other concerns that can be both confusing and frightening.
For example, one family of five lived in a condemned apartment building and were served an eviction notice just prior to Christmas. They had no cash to make a down payment on a new apartment or pay for moving expenses. On Dec. 23, the father was scheduled to attend the eviction hearing. He came to Legal Aid’s Housing Court clinic prior to the hearing, where an attorney reviewed his current lease and discovered the landlord had violated its notice requirement for eviction.
The attorney provided very specific talking points for the client to say and also attended the hearing. When the dad struggled to present his case, the attorney made the argument for the client, and the referee dismissed the eviction.
With Legal Aid’s help, this family was able to overcome several obstacles. Best of all, they were able to be in their home for the holidays, and ultimately moved out of the condemned building to a better life.