Attorney Mark Woodbury Wins Verdict in Landlord-Tenant Dispute

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Attorney Mark Woodbury, of Woodbury Legal, won a verdict for a client in a residential lease dispute.

Attorney Mark Woodbury

Attorney Mark Woodbury

Unfortunately, landlords often have more leverage than tenants in these kinds of disputes. It’s satisfying to have a judge vindicate a tenant’s rights in these sorts of cases.

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Mark Woodbury, managing attorney and founder of Woodbury Legal, recently successfully defended a tenant in a case (filed in the Utah Third District Court, Salt Lake City Dept., Case No. 150908913) stemming from a residential lease dispute. According to court documents, the tenant (Woodbury’s client) was being sued for $30,000 for damages allegedly done to a home.

“Unfortunately, landlords often have more leverage than tenants in these kinds of disputes,” said Woodbury. “It’s satisfying to have a judge vindicate a tenant’s rights in these sorts of cases.”

Court documents state that before the tenant left, she spoke with the leasing agent about the condition of the home, and agreed to pay for some cleaning, repainting, and yard work to be done, a cost of about $1,500 to $3,000. After leaving the home, according to court documents, the landlord demanded over $30,000 for alleged damage to the home.

“My client contacted me and I advised her to offer to forfeit her security deposit of $3,000 to pay for some painting and cleaning, and to settle the case,” said Woodbury. “After the landlord rejected our offer, we decided to take the case to trial. After a half-day trial, the judge agreed with us, and ordered her to forfeit her security deposit of $3,000 to cover some painting and cleaning. No other damages were awarded.”

About Mark Woodbury, Woodbury Legal
Mark Woodbury specializes in family law, estate planning and wills and trusts. He is a member of the litigation and criminal law sections of the Utah Bar. For more information, please call (801) 692-3606, or visit http://www.woodburylegal.org. Woodbury Legal is located at 802 Bamberger Drive, American Fork, UT 84003.

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