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Yona Gregory

Yona Gregory’s Answers

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  • I am being sued in civil court in ma for a landlord tenant dispute, i being the tenant.

    It is a long trip several states away. I have recently come out of a long divorce and have now become unemployed. I have virtually no assets left and am facing bankruptcy. Do I need to go or how do I avoid a long trip that I cannot pay for never m...

    Yona’s Answer

    I agree with Attorney Rafter in that you should not ignore this, you run the risk of being defaulted. At the very least, call the clerk of the court (the number should be on the suit that you received) and the clerk will instruct you on how to file an answer and appearance on your behalf. You do not have to physically go to court to file these documents. Once you do that, you will get notice of a court date when you do have to appear and by that time you may have an attorney who can appear for you.

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  • Can a disabled tenant request early termination of lease under Fair Housing Act "reasonable accommodation"?

    I am a private homeowner who leased their home to the current tenant. This is the only property I own and I leased it through a broker. Tenant recently sent a letter asking for early termination of the lease without penalty (lease does not allo...

    Yona’s Answer

    The "reasonable accommodation" determination is based on the disability and the ability/willingness of the landlord to modify the housing to accommodate the needs of the disabled person. To properly answer the question, we need to know what the claimed disability is and if any requests were made to make a modification to the property.
    In general, there are many Fair Housing Act helpful brochures on this site:
    http://www.ctfairhousing.org/brochures/
    and I agree with the previous answer, you should contact an attorney to discuss this matter.

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  • Can you kick somebody that lives in your house out?

    My brother is 32 years old and has recently moved in with my Mother. He is a recovering drug addict and has recently gone back to his old ways. She said that if he doesn't go back to rehab my She wants him out. Can she throw him out without notice?

    Yona’s Answer

    Even if your brother is not paying rent, your mother will need to start an eviction action against him if she wants him out. She can not throw him out without notice and doing so could put her in a position to be charged criminally with an illegal lockout. Your mother should contact an attorney to start the eviction action immediately.

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  • Can I sue my ex room mate for money he owes on rent and bills? And is a signed agreement a binding document?

    Two months ago we kicked my room mate out for not paying his half of the rent along with his half of bills. He owed us 600.00 and he payed 240.00 of it and we signed a paper that he had done so. He signed another paper stating that he would pay us...

    Yona’s Answer

    Yes, you have a case based on breach of contract of the written "I owe you". As stated by the previous answers, this is a small claims case and 'pain and suffering' is not a claim that you can ask for damages for in small claims. You should ask for post judgment interest in your small claims complaint, at a statutory rate of ten percent.

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  • Do I need a lawyer?

    I got caught at walmart with $47 worth of items in my bag. I know it was wrong and I shouldn't of done this. In a struggling nursing student and don't know what to do? Any advice?

    Yona’s Answer

    Even though your name does not appear on this site, you should be careful about posting specific details and an admission to any crime in a public forum prior to full adjudication of the matter. I agree with the prior attorneys that state the importance of retaining counsel because of the nature of your crime and your nursing profession. If you absolutely are unable to hire an attorney, be sure to ask the court for some sort of diversionary program such as accelerated rehabilitation.

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  • As the victim in a Felony Criminal Mischief proceeding, How do I advocate the Judge to hand down the maximum penalty?

    Nearly $7,000 has been paid for restitution, defense counsel has defendant in Anger Management therapy sessions and is suggesting Advanced Rehabilitation. The defendant has attested to, Looking into the windows of my home for his own pleasure, Sta...

    Yona’s Answer

    You may also ask that the court appoint a "GAL" (guardian ad litem) to represent the interest of the minor children.

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  • Do I need to sue all tenets i small claims or can I sue only one

    I need to sue a tenant for damage to a rental property. There are 3 tenants list on the lease but i can only reach one with a valid address. Can I sue only one for all damages

    Yona’s Answer

    Yes, you can initiate the suit against the one tenant if that is the only one that you can locate. That tenant, if they know where the others are, will likely bring them into the matter if they are also responsible for the damage.

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  • My landlord just asked us to be out in a month because he wants to sell the house, can he legally make us leave in 30 days??

    We have two kids and have been here for almost 5 yrs. Its impossible for us to find a decent place and move in a month. Our lease was up about 4 yrs ago and we never signed a new one.l

    Yona’s Answer

    An eviction takes more than thirty days but you have to be sure to file your paperwork with the court so that the landlord does not default you for not appearing which could accelerate the process.

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  • Can my boyfriend of over 20 years evict me and our two children who are ages 14yrs. and 20 yrs. old

    he is a retired correctional officer who knows the Law well and insists me and our kids be out ASAP

    Yona’s Answer

    In order to evict you, your boyfriend must initiate a summary process action by having your served with a notice to quit by a marshal. Your boyfriend simply telling you and your children to be out "ASAP" is not a proper way for him to attempt to evict you.
    That said, if he does properly initiate and eviction action, you may have certain defenses depending on your specific situation. If your boyfriend owns the property and you helped him purchase it, or if you have been paying a contribution to the mortgage, you may have a claim against his property. Also, if you are on a lease securing the property then he cannot evict you.
    You should contact a tenant lawyer to assist you in this matter.

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  • Do I have a chance of getting my speeding ticket dismissed with many "clerical" mistakes?

    I was traveling back from PA the Saturday after Thanksgiving. I was pulled over on the Parkway for driving at 72 miles in 55 zone. I was driving with flow of traffic and there were plenty of other cars around me. I know the driving with the flo...

    Yona’s Answer

    I worked as a State's Attorney prosecuting infractions (speeding tickets) in Connecticut and generally, errors in a citation (often referred to as "scriveners errors") are not cause to dismiss a ticket. I agree with the previous attorney's answer in that each jurisdiction is different and you should hire an attorney from Hartford to help you with your case.
    However, for practical reasons, you may chose to simply pay the fine (refer to your own state's DMV and insurance company for consequences on pleading guilty to a speeding ticket).

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