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'stale' rent

Posted by Elle on May 06, 2000 at 17:17:50:

I live in a SRO dwelling and pay rent by he week, no

My landlord is suing me for non-payment.
So far I received a demand to pay.

I met with a pro se attorney at housing court and he
suggested laches as a defense.

Would like more detail about this defense. Is there a
limit as to how far back a landlord can collect rent?

In a housing info booklet I picked up it is also said
that stale rent includes situations whereby a landlord
deliberately lets the tenant run up a big bill so the
tenant will be unable to pay and is easily evicted.

How would you prove something that is essentially
intent or a motive?

My landlord is trying to collect rent from
the beginnng of 1998 and just a few days ago made his
first attempt to collect.

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