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Posted by Maralee
We (my spouse & I) consider ourselves extremely lucky to have hired Robert Edelstein, Esq. for a landlord-tenant dispute. Our tenants - whose financial history turned out to be significantly worse than what we'd been provided when we signed them on & whom we'd had to evict for nonpayment of rent left us with more than a big bill for their unpaid rent: they left us with an uninhabitable house due to damages.
Robert was honest with us from Day 1, warning it was highly unlikely we'd collect the full amount based on the other party's financial track record if nothing else. Getting us a trial date & then working out a settlement agreement for 2/3 the unpaid rent, fees, utilities & damages in ~17 minutes(!) huddled with the previous tenants' attorney worked out really well, since the cost of a trial + the additional court/legal fees would've increased our costs & offset the judgment to almost what we're (contracted) to receive, plus we were able to avoid the added hassle of a trial.
I particularly liked the fact a settlement was his goal from the start since he knew a good one could be financially better than a long trip through the courts. Foremost was the fact there's never a guarantee a judge will see things the landlord's way despite the evidence presented. Second is that in a settlement should the other party fail to make every payment they can be held responsible for the full amount due, a not insignificant fact.
Not only that, but because of his experience and familiarity with real estate system & landlord-tenant law he brought us to a conclusion in record time. We knew of other landlords' horror stories where they'd had to wait 6 months to a year or more just to bring their cases before a judge & then were delayed by multiple continuances (and after that some failed to get even a fraction of their requested amounts.). Robert got the tenants & their lawyer to agree to a settlement in a fraction of the time we had any reason to expect.
If you live in N.E. Ohio I doubt you could find a better legal rep than Robert Edelstein to handle your landlord-tenant affairs.