How to Settle Nonpayment Cases Involving Repairs

When you sue to evict a tenant for not paying rent, chances are the tenant will claim in court that his apartment needs repairs and use that as an excuse for not paying rent. For example, the tenant may say he’s not paying rent because you haven’t painted his apartment in five years. You can usually reach a settlement with the tenant in these cases. You and the tenant sign a settlement agreement—known legally as a “stipulation”—in which you agree to make any needed repairs and the tenant agrees to pay the rent.

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