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Landlord Harrasment case. Please help

Posted by jim on March 17, 1999 at 02:27:36:

The apartment complex where I use to live is very unsafe. Lots of robberies
mugging incidences use to happen. One day in the night at 1:00 AM some came
by and was bangging on the door. I did not reply and the person left.
Two days later some one came around the same time and this time he told me
that he is from the Apartment complex. I did not open the door and immediately
called the police. This man after some time PUT OFF THE POWER to my apartment
I was shocked and did not know what to do. He did not break in but left after
some time. The police came on the scene and they did not find any one. They h
helped me put on the power.

I broke the lease and left that Apartment complex. I wrote many letters to the
manager to let me off the lease with out penalty. She never replied any thing in
writting. She refused to do that. The manager told me that it was the Apartment
representative who knocked on the door. I asked why, whe said some one complained
that there was music going on in my apartment. I asked her they did not call
me when it was so late in the night, whe said they usually do not do that. When I asked
her why he put off the power, she refused to accept and said that it would not have
have been some one else. I told her that it was against the law. She refused to
accept and said it would have been some one else.

5 months later now I find that they have Sued me for $1500, for the lease
penalty. I have court hearing next week.

I am 100% sure that it was done by the Apartment rep because I did not open
the door. Not sure how I can prove it in court.

1. Could you please suggest if i can go to court with out a Lawyer ??
Hiring a lawyer does not make sence because the amount is less that attorney fees.
2. Can I get help from public attorney ??
3. What should I do if I need to get the records of the Complaint which my
apartment rep has got. I talked to the manager and she refused to give me
any thing in writing or the copy of the log book/complaint details.
4. Please suggest what all could help me prove the case and win the case.

Any other suggestions are welcome.

Please help!!
I do not know any thing about court procedures too...

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