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Low-Income Tenants Need an Advocate in Eviction Court

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John M. Moye of Kilpatrick Townsend explains how he helped a woman fight an eviction order, through his pro bono work with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation's Eviction Defense Program.

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  • Brenda

    I had a very positive experience volunteering on an eviction defense case as well. My client paid $1000 to live in a home with promises that repairs would be made within days of moving in - instead the landlord stopped taking her calls and she had to live for months with her children in a home that did not have plumbing and had many other serious issues. We were able to win a judgment against the landlord ordering her deposit be returned to her. AVLF provided great support throughout the case and I would highly recommend participating in this program.

  • Andrew

    This also shows why more landlords also need representation. There is simply no excuse for this kind of behavior. I believe this kind of behavior to be the exception - perhaps naively. As NJM All Tenants need a lawyer. But, I would probably say that more than likely if you have a high income tenant, they probably have a more professional landlord. Last point, I do not believe that the landlord in the writer‘s case would have hired or listened to an attorney. Which is unfortunate. Maybe now they will have learned their lesson.

  • NJM

    I wish the article had been titled "ALL tenants". I am a tenant who is facing more than $60K in attorney‘s fees for a residential eviction case. Eight year tenant, never late on rent, lease was never terminated. Landlord sought dispossessory in August - rent for August paid on time. Home had major leak day before rent was paid, known issue that was never sufficiently repaired. Demand for possession process invalid because lease was not terminated prior to demand notice. Tenant still loss and has had to appeal. Current legal fees do not include appeal - ALL tenants need real advocates.

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