Friday, November 2, 2007

October 10, 2007

“You MUST Pay the Rent!”

How’s this for a business decision? A landlord decides to yank a Section 8 subsidy from a tenant without telling her and then commences an eviction action seeking possession and about $2,000.00 in unpaid rent. The tenant counterclaims and obtains a judgment for $10,000.00 in emotional distress damages plus more than $7,000.00 in attorneys’ fees. Add to that the fees that the landlord had to pay its own lawyer, and, there you go. This case is sure to scare landlords, who now need to worry about getting nailed for emotional distress when they raise a residential tenant’s rent and then try to evict them.

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