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Volunteer attorney helped military family resolve a landlord-tenant matter

March 24, 2015

An Air Force servicemember and his wife entered into an apartment lease. They paid rent and a security deposit to a landlord. Unbeknownst to the servicemember and his wife, the property already had been foreclosed and sold at an auction. The servicemember and his family vacated the property after receiving a letter from the bank requesting them to leave the property, and they notified the landlord. However, the landlord filed a suit against them, alleging lost rent.

The servicemember visited a military legal assistance attorney, who referred this case to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project. A volunteer attorney offered to help the military family. With the attorney’s help at an eviction meeting, the case was dismissed. Additionally, the attorney took further steps to get the landlord’s information removed from a local housing website due to the landlord’s unfair dealings with local military personnel.

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