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Cheryl Springs

Cheryl Springs had been paying her rent for years and had the receipts to prove it. She was shocked when she began to receive eviction notices alleging that she owed $1,400 for rent and water bills. Ms. Springs knew she had to find a way to save her family from wrongful eviction.

Cheryl: “My daughter has cerebral palsy, and she can’t walk or talk. Why would I not pay rent? We’d be in the street. And I have grandbabies. I can’t do that to them. I have to take care of my family.”

Although Ms. Springs showed all of her payment receipts to her landlord, she continued to receive eviction notices and harassing phone calls. Ms. Springs’ landlord also broke the terms of her lease by sending her water bills for the full amount, instead of the usage amount.  Fearing eviction, Ms. Springs came to CLS for help.

Cheryl: "If you know you’re right, don’t quit. Just hang in there. It hurt so much because my children saw me crying, and my grandbabies saw me crying, and I don’t like that. But they’re relying on me. I knew I had to hang in there.”

Ms. Springs ultimately decided to move into another unit. Her attorney, Michael Donahue, helped negotiate a judgment by agreement so Ms. Springs could vacate her apartment without having to pay anything. She is about to move into her new home, and she is grateful for the help she received.

Cheryl: “[CLS] listened to me made me feel like I really had someone on my side. I thank them so much.”