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Wiley Rein Attorneys Obtain Victory for Client in Landlord-Tenant Dispute

February 6, 2012

Wiley Rein attorneys recently secured a victory on behalf of a client in a landlord-tenant dispute, preventing the client from being evicted from her home.

After living for years with an unresponsive landlord and paying to repair major Housing Code violations out of her own pocket, the client began withholding a portion of her rent in an effort to recoup her repair expenses.  The landlord sued for eviction.  Wiley Rein attorneys Caroline Van Wie and Katy Milner took the case on just two weeks before the eviction trial was scheduled to begin.  Ms. Van Wie and Ms. Milner represented the client in the landlord-tenant mediation and negotiated a settlement that included the payment of a small amount of back rent and the payment of the client's outstanding security deposit in installments.  The landlord agreed to visit the property at least every six months to check for needed repairs and to respond promptly to the client's complaints.