Today I share some news from my colleague Alberto Rodriguez:
The State Bar of Arizona, 12 News, and azcentral.com hosted the Lawyers on Call public service program on Tuesday, November 11. Volunteers answered viewers’ calls regarding their landlord/tenant issues.
Five volunteer attorneys assisted with the program: Clare Abel (Burch & Cracchiolo PA); Kristen Coyne (CKGH Law); Clint Dunaway (Dunaway Law Group PLC); Mark Heldenbrand (J. Mark Heldenbrand PC); and Nick Wood (Snell & Wilmer).
The lawyers answered 28 calls on landlord/tenant issues. Compared to previous phone banks, there was a substantial decrease in calls.
Sample consumer questions:
- How can I break my lease? How long of a notice do I have to provide my landlord?
- I don’t have a lease agreement with my landlord, how do I request one?
- My landlord won’t fix issues with my unit. What can I do?
- Fumigation has not fixed the bedbug and roach infestation, what can I do?
- How do I evict a tenant?
One out of the five attorneys was a first-time volunteer. Returning volunteers were surprised at the low call volume, but were hopeful that consumers are experiencing fewer issues with their landlords/tenants.
Next month, volunteer lawyers will answer consumers’ mental health, disability, and elder law questions on Tuesday, December 2, the final Lawyers on Call public service program of 2014.Follow @azatty