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Anatomy of a landlord lawsuit against a tenant Part II

Anatomy of a landlord lawsuit against a tenant Part II

My lawsuit against former tenants is proceeding forward despite a few setbacks. If anyone has dealt with a municipal small claims court, you know some of the difficulties to except. My lawsuit pack was returned to me because lack of proper fees. Apparently the township court raised their filing fees during the summer but never updated their website. I was forced to get two more money orders for $2.00 each and refile my landlord lawsuit against the former tenants. Much later I received my receipt and copy of the lawsuit with the summons having been served. The court date is set for early morning mid December of 2012. With this court, that is about right with regard to the gap between filing and court date. That is, it usually is a six week gap though this one is a little longer. What many tenants and landlords don't realize for this township and our local courts is the first court date is not an actual trial. On this given day, both plaintiff and defendant shows up to court to either work out something to a ...