Representation of a Deserving Family in a Housing Matter

Patterson Belknap represented a family in its claim against their landlord, stemming from the landlord’s failure to make necessary repairs to keep the apartment in a habitable condition. The state of the apartment, including mold, adversely impacted the client’s son who had severe asthma. After numerous attempts at utilizing the courts to reach a satisfactory result for the client, the firm determined that the best course of action for the family was to find safer living accommodations. The firm assisted the client in finding new housing more appropriate for the family, and represented the client as they navigated the mired maze of the NYC Human Resources Administration and Section 8 housing. The firm’s representation did not end with legal work and letter writing; when representatives of the firm learned that the client had no furniture because of an earlier bedbug infestation, a call was sent out to all members of the firm to obtain donations for the client. When the family finally moved into their new home, it was fully furnished thanks to the generous donations received by Firm employees. Follow up letters found an appreciative family, with healthy children, and an overall sense of hope.