LACONIA – Fourth Circuit Court Judge Jim Carroll dismissed an eviction notice case after ruling the landlord didn't provide proper notice to the tenant that the eviction process was continuing even after he paid a portion of the $167 back rent.
In his ruling, Carroll noted the landlord and the tenant had been having ongoing problems with bedbugs. The tenant testified that he and one of the landlord's agents agreed that the landlord would pay for two rounds of laundry at a cost of $81.
The tenant testified he paid a second agent of the landlord $89.50 in cash but was under the impression the payment stopped the eviction process while the landlord was under a different impression and wanted the balance.
At the hearing, the landlord presented documentation from a professional pest service confirming there were no bedbugs in the apartment leaving only the matter of the remaining laundry money dispute.
Carroll ruled that because the landlord has multiple agents, one of them was obligated to tell the tenant that the eviction procedure was continuing and that he still owed $81. Since no one did, the case was dismissed.
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