As a Rochester Landlord Tenant Lawyer, tenants often ask me what defenses they would have to an eviction brought by a landlord. The first defense is retaliation if the landlord tried to evict the tenant within six months after they complain to a government authority such as the health department or the city building department. The second defense is the breach of the warranty of habitability if the apartment is not safe or a danger to the tenant’s life, health, or safety, they may have a right to withhold rent or have a reduction in the rent. There are also many procedural defenses available to the tenant including failure to properly file, prepare, and serve the various eviction documents.
Are you about to be evicted? If so, contact the experienced Rochester Landlord Tenant Lawyer Robert Friedman.