Mr. Matthews lived in a group residential home badly in need of repair. When the ceiling in his room collapsed, he called city inspectors to complain. In response, the housing provider deactivated his key fob and denied him access to his room and Mr. Matthews was forced to live on the street. We represented Mr. Matthews in his case. The housing provider claimed that it didn’t have to follow eviction law because it was a “lodging establishment.” The court disagreed, and awarded Mr. Matthews access to his home, damages and attorney fees.
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