In 2011, a couple paid a security deposit for a house they were never allowed to move into. Even after the trial awarded the couple $7,936 for their security deposit, attorney fees, and fraud damages, the sleazy landlord refused to pay.

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After a teenage girl’s first protective order expired, her ex-boyfriend began harassing her again. It quickly became obvious she needed another protective order against him. Former AVLF Board President and passionate volunteer Elizabeth Finn Johnson offered to represent her in a hearing that lasted nearly six hours on a Friday afternoon. 

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28-year-old Morris lived in a freezing, rat-infested basement apartment, barely making ends meet. When he lost his job waiting tables at a local restaurant, his landlord gave him a 30-day notice to move.  But the very next day, Morris came home to find his belongings outside and the locks changed.

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Julie came into the Safe Families Office four days after her boyfriend held her hostage in their shared home. She had watched as he destroyed all of her clothes, cutting them into ribbons before burning them with cigarettes. He repeatedly threatened to kill her. On the third night, a cell phone slipped from her boyfriend’s hand while he slept. She called for help.

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After fourteen years, Mr. Reece’s landlord decided not to renew his lease. Mr. Reece couldn’t find a place to move by the deadline his landlord gave him. Three days later, he came home to find the locks had been changed – with all of his belongings still inside. The property manager insisted that the law was on the landlord’s side, but Mr. Reece knew his rights.

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Ms. P’s boyfriend had been violent before, but his abuse had been escalating in frequency and intensity. After a recently attack, he was arrested and charged with simple battery. After the arrest, the Solicitor’s Office recommended that Ms. P visit the Safe Families Office.

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An Atlanta grandmother and her grandsons lived in subsidized housing. From time to time, the grandsons would visit their mother, but the mother’s lifestyle meant that the boys always returned to their grandmother’s home – the only stable home they had.

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Keisha Coleman of Holland & Knight represented an 80-year-old woman whose landlord abruptly informed her that her adult son was banned from the property. The son used to stop by every few days to care for his mother, and she relied on his help. They gave no reason.

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