Justice Shielded: Crippling Money Judgment Averted Against Minor Child and Family Housing Crisis Alleviated

We represented a Liberian healthcare worker in an eviction claim after her 15 year-old son was named as the defendant. She had fallen behind on her rent because her work hours were diminished. She didn’t know where to turn for help.

Representing tenants is not new to us, but we were particularly concerned that a court judgment would be entered against the 15 year-old, which would impact his credit record and his future ability to access student loans and housing.

At the municipal court hearing, we presented evidence that the defendant is a minor. With the now-contrite landlord’s attorney aware of his mistake, he decided to withdraw the case entirely. With a money judgment averted, we are negotiating the client’s move to affordable housing.