Don’t We All Just Want to Be Heard?!
And just like that, all those despairing thoughts came flooding back. I need to sell my house fast! Wondering how much does it cost to sell your house, concerned how difficult it would be selling a house in bad condition on her own. Just the thought of dealing with the eviction process in Philadelphia now made her question her decision to become a landlord.
Thankfully, by now Sarah had retained Daniel from the Law Offices of Daniel W. Katz Esquire LLC, who helped her off the ledge. Sarah has kept Daniel’s phone number, (267) 655-4167, on speed dial.
Pro Tip: While landlords are required to be represented by an attorney for evictions filed in Philadelphia, this is not the case everywhere. However, having an attorney on your side is worth more than the appreciation on that bitcoin you bought back in 2013. Not only can they save you money by avoiding costly/timely errors throughout the process, their experience is invaluable for your defense.
Hearing day was finally here! Sarah was sure to plan additional time to get to the Municipal Court at 1339 Chestnut St, knowing how traffic, parking, and those inexplicably long lines going through security could be. She hoped it was a sign of luck that she made it through the 6th floor rather quickly to allow her some time to chat with Daniel.
Sensing her nervousness, he reassured her she wouldn’t have to worry about selling a house in bad condition and walked her through the hearing process.
“Just remember, I’m here for you. So if you have any questions, direct them to me, or, only if needed, to the judge. I know the tenant has been very difficult so if he says anything infuriating, it will only strengthen your case if you remain calm, polite, and let him speak his piece. I will object for you if any issues arise.”
Here’s how the eviction hearing will go:
- “You will testify under oath, and the tenant’s attorney will cross examine you. You’ve submitted a ton of evidence to support your claim so don’t worry, you’ll be fine.
- Then the tenant will testify under oath and it’s our turn to cross examine. His evidence is weak, and we will emphasize how it contradicts his story.
- Hopefully the judge issues a Judgement today, but, if not, we should hear back within 5 days.”
Psssst… I know, it’s enthralling to eavesdrop. Sorry to interrupt, but I have some information that may just help you. If the tenant doesn’t show up to the hearing, you would win by default. Woohoo! However, if, for whatever reason, you/your attorney, doesn’t attend the hearing, your case will be thrown out. Okay, now back to Sarah….
She won! Fireworks, confetti, and balloons surrounded the court room. Me? Exaggerate?! I take offense to that.
Here’s where I’d love to tell you this chapter is closed, but the tenant also has the right to Appeal. So, Mr. Lawrence appea…sed (you thought I was going to say appealed, didn’t you?). I’m happy to say this situation didn’t apply to Sarah, but just in case you find yourself here…