Avoiding Homelessness and Combating Fraud

An LSNV staff attorney was representing a client in court because the landlord was suing the client for nonpayment of rent for a basement apartment the client and his family were renting. The LSNV attorney did some research and discovered that the basement unit violated zoning restrictions and that this landlord had previously been cited 6 times for the very same thing over the past five years.

The LSNV attorney counterclaimed against the landlord for fraud and a violation of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act. The LSNV attorney was able to settle the case so that the client did not owe the landlord any additional rent money, but rather the LSNV attorney was able to get the client $1,000 from the landlord! With our assistance the client and her family were able to stay in their home and avoid homelessness.