Posted by chelsea on June 13, 2001 at 21:29:25:
In Reply to: Re: NO LL RESPONSE TO OVERCHARGE posted by Lilly on June 13, 2001 at 01:45:06:
:Do not fall into the trap of paying that money to an attorney. You may have to pay it into the court pending the outcome of the case.
I think it's going too far to say never use withheld rent money to pay an attorney. It depends on a lot of things: how strong the case is, the tenant's finances, the tenant's comfort with risk, whether the judge requires that rent be paid into escrow, etc. etc. etc. It's not ideal, but some tenants might not be able to afford a lawyer at all unless they use some of the unpaid rent. And for some cases, the tenant might not need a lawyer. Though obviously, the tenant shouldn't go out and blow it on other things...
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