New Rule Could Make Eviction More Costly

A tenant facing eviction over nonpayment of rent has turned the tables on his landlord.

The Wisconsin man is suing for wrongful eviction because the property management company sued on behalf of the landlord,  a move he claims is the unauthorized practice of law, according to a news report.

Typically, a property owner who does not appear in person at an eviction hearing must be represented by an attorney licensed in that state.

However, the courts in this case, as well as many other courts across the country, have made exceptions in eviction cases in order to ratchet down costs.

It has become common practice for property managers to stand in the shoes of the landlord, and represent themselves before the eviction judges. However, it is a gray area of the law, especially when the cases are contested and go to trial.

The eviction case against the tenant was dismissed because of the questionable paperwork, according to the report.


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