Case Number: 2018-001312

Client is single mother of 4 minors, self-employed. Client is in need of help after being illegally locked out from the premises where client operates a non-profit business. Parties entered into a sublease agreement contract. Client had purchased and installed new kitchen appliances which client was provided from a USDA grant. Client stated that adverse party (sub-lessor) was struggling with his business and invited a TV show to film on site to help bail out the business from going under. Client mentioned she walked in on the production taking place and the show was using all of client’s new kitchen appliances, which client mentioned she did not authorize. Client stated the kitchen was left trashed. This caused a loss for clients business since she could not open for business doors. Client did take pictures and videos of the kitchen before and after. Thereafter, client stated she had to hire a crew to assist in the cleanup. Client reached out to adverse party regarding the issue hoping things would be resolved. However, when client was going to open for business, adverse party had locked client out. Client added she is current on rent, even though she has had to borrow money from family and use money from the grant.

Case Number: 2018-000946

Client is single mother of two. Client signed a one year lease but changed her mind and never moved in. She has been sent to collections for several thousand dollars. The lease does include an early termination fee provision plus it requires 60 days’ notice before a regular termination, however, the collection is for much more than that. Client turned the keys in 4 days after signing, without having moved anything in yet (still vacant space), and gave notice of termination same day. The collection effort now is not a reasonable estimate of the landlord’s damages and client disputes it.