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Need help with potential eviction notice

Posted by Rafaelo on June 23, 2000 at 21:40:58:

I'd like to hear any suggestions to the following situation: my girlfriend (hereafter A.) has just received a notice of intent to evict on the part of the landlord's attorney. The reason is that A. kept a cat despite a no-pets clause in the lease. When the landlady discovered the presence of the cat, she demanded A. remove it at once. (Cat had been on the premises over 3 months...though not "open and notoriously"). However, it took A. several weeks to find a suitable home. In the meantime, the landlady has not made several repairs which have been asked of her. Instead she has demanded a signed letter promising the cat is gone for good. Understandably, A. asked for repairs to be done before such a letter could be signed. That was a week or two ago. Just today A. received the notice of intent to begin eviction proceedings and a demand that she vacate by June 30th. Should A. talk to a lawyer before taking another step? A. would like to remain in the apt until her lease is up at the beginning of Oct. Are eviction proceedings likely to begin before then? The landlady also has security and last month's rent. Could these be withheld in the case of legal action. Any and all thoughts greatly appreciated!

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