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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for District of Columbia on
Q: Upstairs apartment leaked human wastewater into my apartment kitchen. What is my landlord's responsibility?

I have asked for a plumber - they are using a jack of all trades. I have asked to move into another empty unit, with the move fee waived - denied. I have asked for alternative accommodations until the repair and clean up is completed - denied. I have asked for a break in the rent, since the... Read more »

Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger answered on Jul 27, 2020

In DC, you're able to withhold rent for housing code violations and wastewater coming into your unit seems to qualify. The landlord may take you to court and you'd have to explain the housing code violation, but this is a viable remedy for you.

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Q: I was injured at a hotel. What kind of lawyer (area of expertise) do I need in order to get this situation resolved?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 14, 2018

You need a personal injury lawyer.

Tim Akpinar

Q: Is this a matter for US Supreme Court?

I have a situation where I formed a contract by payment of ongoing fees with a US government department and for that contract I was lead to believe I would have legal rights protecting my property under US law given by U.S. Congress which has not happened, if things happened a certain way.... Read more »

Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn answered on Jul 3, 2018

I have worked with patents for a long time. I cannot think of any government agency that accepts money from an individual for protecting intellectual property beyond the normal processes of filing for a patent, trademark, or copyright.

You need to talk with an attorney that can review all...
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2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for District of Columbia on
Q: What type of offense is it?

My Building manager threatened me in the receptionist's presence, "You don't pay rent. I will get you kicked out. I will call the cops on you." He was not aware that I had cleared my dues except for $1000.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 1, 2017

As far as calling the cops it's probably a misdemeanor. Otherwise "I will get you kicked out" is ....bad management. You can complain to the owners but they may not care.

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Products Liability for District of Columbia on
Q: Hello! There was a dog poop in the bread I purchased. What can I do?
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on May 5, 2017

Throw it out, and tell the store manager: that's one option, and the one I prefer. Or you can make a lawsuit out of it: that's the other option. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Consumer Law and Contracts for District of Columbia on
Q: In 2008 Carrington Mortgage Company modified my loan without notice that they had modified the loan. What can I do?
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Apr 18, 2017

They would have to have provided you notice. Have a lawyer review such facts. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Business Law for District of Columbia on
Q: Store charging my card without my permission

Can a store charge my debit card without my permission or without physically having the debit card for a purchase that I already paid for but they claim that they have not receive the payment even though I have receipts and a bank statement verifying that the payment was already made?

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Apr 12, 2017

They would need your permission to charge your debit card. You can report the matter to the police and to your bank. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Education Law for District of Columbia on
Q: My former college hasn't refunded money that they weren't supposed to take. Can I take legal action?

I withdrew from GWU in October. They took money from my private lender for the spring semester. I called in January and was told that the money was refunded. I called again on March 17th and was originally told I would have to fill out a form. I was later emailed that I wouldn't have to fill... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Mar 27, 2017

You may need to file a complaint with the school immediately. If they don't respond in a satisfactory manner, you may need to sue. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more... Read more »

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