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June 21, 2016 Settlement Secured Under “Keep Chicago Renting” Ordinance

With the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (LCBH), a firm team of Partner Christopher Tompkins and  Associate Jeremy S. Dunnaback helped obtain a settlement for a  pro bono client in a case that sought relief under the City of Chicago’s  “Protecting Tenants in Foreclosed Rental Property” Ordinance.  The ordinance, commonly known as the “Keep Chicago Renting” Ordinance, went into effect in 2013 to address a spike in evictions of renters living in properties that fell into foreclosure in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.

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CATEGORIES: housing

PEOPLE: Christopher Tompkins, Jeremy S. Dunnaback

May 19, 2016 Firm’s Win Helps DC Legal Services Corporations Recover Reasonable Fees

In Tenants of 710 Jefferson Street v. DC Rental Housing Commission, a firm team won an important victory for the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia.  The win will affect the way DC courts determine lawyers’ fee awards when the prevailing party is a non-profit legal services corporation.

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CATEGORIES: housing

May 12, 2016 Associate Handles DC Pro Bono Clinic Referral of Landlord/Tenant Case

The firm successfully represented a pro bono client who was sued by her landlord in an effort to evict her based on nonpayment of rent and violation of the terms of the lease. On her behalf, the firm pursued a counterclaim to recoup rent she had paid despite serious housing code violations, including flooding in the bathroom over a nine-month period, exposed heating elements and electrical wires, and rodent and cockroach infestations. 

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CATEGORIES: housing