Doe v. Smith

Motion for Summary Judgment Finding that Defendant Is Not a Tenant


In the District of Columbia, there are no self-help evictions. If someone occupying your premises will not voluntarily leave, yoiu must generally file a Complaint for Possession in the landlord/tenant court. If the defendant is found to be a tenant, there are various rights, including a right to a jury trial, that will significantly delay a decision. Time is money in landlord/tenant matters.

This Motion for Summary Judgment argues that the defendant is not a tenant--rather, just an "occupant," and hence has none of the judicial procedural rights of a tenant. In fact, the court agreed and granted the Motion, thus permitting the plaintiff to proceed with the eviction process.

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Reference Info:Pleadings | State, D.C. Circuit, D.C. | United States

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