Ethethal Baker was sued for eviction by a bank even though her apartment had no hot water, air conditioning, heat, or trash collection. Nor was there a working shower, oven, smoke detector, or mailbox. Legal Aid prepared for a jury trial, ready to present the appalling conditions that Ms. Baker had been forced to endure. The bank that had sued her wisely chose to settle, agreeing to waive a significant amount of back rent and to bring Ms. Baker’s home up to code. Ms. Baker is now once again happy in her home of more than 13 years — thanks to the help of Legal Aid.
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