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Re: attorney fees

Posted by Cranky tenant on February 19, 2002 at 21:53:33:

In Reply to: attorney fees posted by K Hall on February 19, 2002 at 08:02:23:

When I was in court last year, my landlord's attorney told me he was being paid $200 per hour. While listening to another case that came before the judge, where a tenant was awarded attorney's fees, the attorney argued that he should get $400 per hour. The other attorney laughed and said no one in that courthouse (110 Centre St) got more than $225 per hour. At this rate, your attorney seems to think it'll take 35 hours to prepare and argue your case, which could translate into months, or even a year in court. I'd imagine if you can document the mold, and the ll's failure to remedy it, your case shouldn't take that long.

: I am breaking a lease due to excessive mold problems and the landlord entering my apartment. An attorney is asking for a retainer of $7,500.00 to take this case although he assures me I can break the lease. This seems excessive or is this the going rate for New York?

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