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  • What is the time allowed to respond to a civil complaint

    When served a complaint is there a time limit in which to respond?

    Steven’s Answer

    20 days after service or 30 days if you're out of state.

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  • Can I sue Enterprise?

    My car was parked and struck hard by a person driving a rental (from Enterprise). Enterprise is refusing to accept responsibility since the renter (the passenger) let her friend drive (an 'unauthorized driver'). The renter did purchase insurance b...

    Steven’s Answer

    It all depends on what the contract says about unauthorized drivers.

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  • How can I make my landlord fix my air conditioning?

    My roommates and I rented a home in AZ over a year ago. The largest bedroom (my room) is a renovated garage. At the time we signed our lease we were unaware that this large bedroom did not have ANY working air conditioning. We requested to have it...

    Steven’s Answer

    AC is the landlord's statutory responsibility, and no "as is" clause changes that. However, the only immediate remedy the landlord-tenant act (which had to have been written by landlord lawyers) gives you is not a great one. You must give the landlord a 5-day written notice that, if the problem is not fixed in five days, you will terminate the lease. That gets you off the hook for any remaining months on the lease and entitles you to your security deposit back. With a landlord like this, there will be other problems, so see a lawyer.

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  • How can I start a law suit against my former employer for wrongful termination

    After four years of employment my general manager says that she wants me to take a drug test. I never signed any consent forms and was the only person being forced to take said test. Then at last minute she pulls me aside and says I can quote bow ...

    Steven’s Answer

    Start with a legal consultation. There are a number of questions to be answered.

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  • When you file a pleading with the court, it is required to send the opposing side a conformed copy of what you filed?

    I am being told by different sources that when you file any pleading with the court, that it is NOT required to send the opposing side, self represented/represented, a conformed copy of the document. So my question is, when you file any document,...

    Steven’s Answer

    The moving party has to send the other side a copy. It does not have to be conformed. The end of your document should include a mailing certificate representing that you sent a copy to the other side.

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  • How can I stay in my home ? What can I do to counter claim this , Landlord did not honor verbal agreement.

    I am $1500.00 Behind in rent, My landlord agreed to let my son who does not live with me to pay back the $1500, While I stay up on current, Landlord comes unannounced weekly to pick up monies from me, which was NOT agreed upon, Now land lord wants...

    Steven’s Answer

    No lawyer is going to be able to advise you without seeing the lease, among other things. Get a legal consultation.

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  • I am a plaintiff in a lawsuit. On the disclosure statement can I list an employee of the defendant as a witness?

    I rented a furnished home to a couple who in turn used the house as a sober living facility, without my knowledge, causing damage to home and furnishings. Some of the furnishings were removed or replaced with inferior pieces. Defendants employee r...

    Steven’s Answer

    Yes, you can and should list that person.

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  • What can I do if the apartment complex I've been living at has had major Plumbing issues and floods and it's still not fixed

    I've been at my apartment for 3 months I've had a major Plumbing issues. The ceiling above the bathtub fell there's been floods and my clothes and Furniture have been ruined. The carpet got ruined and there has been no one to come and see what the...

    Steven’s Answer

    If you're unwilling to move to another place, your options are limited. Either way, take photos of everything. Also, do all your communications in writing: oral does you no good. Look for another place. Once, you've located one, send the landlord a written 5-day notice saying to fix these problems in five days or you will terminate the lease. If they do not fix, you can leave, the lease is over (i.e., no further rent liability), and the law says you get your security deposit back. Do not try to force the landlord's hand by withholding rent. See a lawyer.

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  • What can I do to avoid crippling debt and/or eviction?

    My roommate hasn't gotten a check in almost two months from his work because apparently their systems messed up and got our address incorrect when they fixed them so now we are in the process of scheduling a court date to retrieve the lost wages h...

    Steven’s Answer

    The law will not protect you if you do not pay your rent. Negotiate with the landlord. If you strike a deal, get it in writing.

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  • What can i do if my apt complex is accusing me of things I am not doing and keep sending warning letters of termination

    I work night's and work about 40 hours a week and on my days off I usually spendthe day at my mother's house and beforw work i usually sleep in because I work night's I am being accused of the smell of marijuana in my apt when the most I smoke is ...

    Steven’s Answer

    Go on record in writing with a letter to the landlord stating definitely that you do not smoke marijuana or allow anyone else to do it in your apartment. If they give you an eviction notice, see a lawyer right away.

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