Meredith Management Corporation, et al, v. Barbara Waterman

Landlord Tenant Law, Claim Splitting


Landlord was trying to evict a tenant who lived in the unit for 35 years. Landlord failed to seek attorney fees at initial trial and tried to seek the fees outside the court, and when the tenant refused to pay, brought an eviction action for failure to nonpayment of rent(the landlord took her monthly fee and deducted the attorney fees and then claimed she failed to pay rent) the Court determined this was claim splitting and found for Tenant. Landlord appealed and tenant won on appeal. Tenant brought motion for attorney fees for $11,652.34 which was allowed.

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Reference Info:Decision | State, 1st Circuit, Massachusetts | United States

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