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  • Can landlord deduct repair estimate from deposit for work previously done less than 5 months prior by contracted company?

    Over the course of several months after the city kept turning off water in our grid, I noticed a 'leaking' sound when I sat down on the toilet, and called right away., though I never did see a puddle of water at any time. Maint. came and 'fixed' p...

    Steven’s Answer

    If you can establish these facts, you will not be responsible. The problem as a practical matter is that your communications were all oral and, therefore, hard to prove.

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  • If a tenant has complied with every thing asked of him and has not breached the lease can a landlord still evict him?

    Landlord is a relative, she threatens to sell the place either because she gets mad at me, wants other family members to make major repairs[new central a/c] or wants family members to buy the place. She uses these threats as a control tactic. Ever...

    Steven’s Answer

    There are many questions that are not answered in your narrative. I recommend seeing a landlord-tenant lawyer.

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  • If I want to counter motion for relief in an already started case, do I need to file a new case or just motion on same case?

    Plaintiff filed court case, they did not follow FDCPA and I want to counter sue for damages, time, wages lost, mileage and etc. Do I just motion within the same case in my response or do I need to file and pay the filing fee to open a new case?

    Steven’s Answer

    You file a counterclaim with your answer. But you sound a bit over your head. See a lawyer.

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  • Can I sue the other party for defamation of character and pain and suffering??

    I had on order of protection put against me by my boyfriends ex wife stating that i abused her son. She filed a police report and notified CPS. the judge granted her the order and i was served. I requested a hearing and got the order dropped. The ...

    Steven’s Answer

    Your claim is abuse of process. See a lawyer for a consultation.

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  • Landlord Job Description

    Are Arizona, or any landlords in the U.S., mandated to sign an affidavit attesting to fully reading and understanding the Landlord and Tenants acts and laws which govern their actions? If no, what judge do I have to blow to get this written into ...

    Steven’s Answer

    The L-T Act only requires the landlord to tell you where you can find the Act.

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  • What happens after a civil ruling?

    I was sued for a loan I defaulted on..we have went through the process, scheduled a trial date, and the Plaintiff's lawyer requested a Motion for Summary Judgment. According to the court website, a civil ruling has been completed. I am assuming th...

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    After they get the judgment, they can go right to trying to collect it, most likely through garnishment of a portion of your wages. They may notice a debtor's exam of you first to ask about your assets, etc. The best thing to do is get a consultation with a lawyer who specializes in collections so he/she can educate you fully.

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  • Is victim worth pursuing a case against someone for monetary damages if person charged is jobless and broke?

    I have a confused friend who is the victim of a crime where she can sue for monetary damages but the person to be charged is unemployed, and I guess will continue to be jobless for a long time. Is it worth the time, effort and attorney's fees to p...

    Steven’s Answer

    The judgment will always be there in case he gets a job later on. And the judgment can be renewed every 5 years. However, that does not mean it is worth the effort. A lawyer who hears the details from you might be able to give you a better idea.

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  • My daughter lives in a rented house where a pipe burst which was connected to the kitchen, laundry room and the main restroom.

    when the repair people came out they discovered asbestos in those areas and now that is being cleaned up but they had to move the kitchen items out of kitchen and put in the living room they cant take a shower or do the laundry. They were told it...

    Steven’s Answer

    A five day written notice stating that you will terminate if the work is not completed by then. Get help from a lawyer since you may be in for a fight.

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  • Canceled lease next day,do I owe rent till the house is re-rented ? ( I never received keys,just garage door opener)

    I waited a month for the owners of a home to get it ready,when I was told all repairs were done and it was ready I signed the lease.Oddly the owners didn't have keys for me and only gave me the garage door opener.Didn't take long to realize lots o...

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    The landlord has an obligation to provide habitable premises. But get the help of a lawyer.

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  • State: AZ Court: Maricopa Superior Civil - Not a medical case, Report from Expert witness

    The scheduling order stated that the other party must disclose their expert witnesses and their opinions by Feb 20, 2015. The other side disclosed their expert witnesses by Feb 20, 2015 yet they didn't disclose any opinions and as a matter of fact...

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    First, try to work it out informally with the other side, and document your efforts in writing. If no movement, make a motion to compel to the court, asking that the experts be excluded if the other side does not comply.

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