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Re: defenses

Posted by JJ on March 27, 2000 at 23:55:11:

In Reply to: defenses posted by Mindy on March 27, 2000 at 21:10:49:

: It's time to prepare my defenses.

: I paid all back rent, yet received a Petition today.

you'll need your cancelled check to prove this. you did mail it certified, RRR, right?

your best defense is that you 'paid all or part of the rent': it is right there on the answer form. here's the form:

click on or cut & paste these URL's for a good copy of the actual form the clerk fills out when a tenant answers in person:

: In going over some housing oourt information I see "wrong name" listed as defense.

: My landlord has been misspelling my first name on my records, demand for payment, and the petition. Moreover, the petition lists another tenant, and her non-payments are merged with mine.

: Although not lacking on defenses, I wonder if a misspelled name qualifies as "wrong name" and what about having the other tenant's name appear on my petition??? Is there a reason? Is it an oversight?

yes, 'wrong name' is a defense: usually, it would be a wrong last name, not a little mispelling of the first name. tell the clerk, be sure he checks it off.

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