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Oklahoma attorney explains tenants’ rights after apartment complex threatens eviction

After residents of an affordable housing complex were told they had five days to pay large sums or face eviction, a lawyer explained what rights tenants have in Oklahoma. Residents of Pauls Valley Terrace were told they owed hundreds or even thousands of dollars, but tenants said they had receipts showing they paid rent. | MORE | Residents of Oklahoma apartment complex come home with 5-day eviction noticesEric Hallett of Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma said even if a tenant claims they don’t owe their landlord money, it’s important they show up on date of the court. “If the claims are unsubstantiated, that’s why it’s important to go to court,” Hallett said. “What I can guarantee you is that if you don’t go to court, you will lose.” Tenants must bring all proof of payments and other documents they have to court and present them to the judge. “When the court calls your case, you will have an opportunity to present your evidence,” Hallett said. represented by a lawyer have a 75% better result than those who do not have representation. Landlords have the burden of showing the court that the tenant owes rent, but Hallett said the resident should be there to defend themselves. “Our laws are written in a landlord-friendly way, but tenants have a lot of defenses and we win cases all the time for tenants,” Hallett said. | MORE | Oklahoma apartment complex residents ask for help after receiving notices of 5 day eviction In Oklahoma, tenants can be evicted from their residence in as little as 12 days.They are also required to have three days notice before their court date, making it difficult for some people to leave work. Hallett said Legal Aid is a nonprofit organization that can help residents in situations like this, and renters facing eviction can find help here.

After residents of an affordable housing complex were told they had five days to pay large sums of money or face eviction, a lawyer explained what rights tenants have in Oklahoma.

Residents of Pauls Valley Terrace were told they owed hundreds or even thousands of dollars, but tenants said they had receipts showing they paid their rent.

| MORE | Oklahoma apartment complex residents return home with 5-day eviction notices

Eric Hallett of Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma said that even if a tenant claims they don’t owe their landlord money, it’s important to show up for their court date.

“If the claims are unsubstantiated, that is why it is important to go to court,” Hallett said. “What I can guarantee you is that if you don’t go to court, you will lose.”

Tenants must bring all pay stubs and other documents they have to court and present them to the judge.

“When the court calls your case, you will have the opportunity to present your evidence,” Hallett said.

While going to court is important, Hallett said that tenants who are represented by an attorney do 75% better than those without representation.

Landlords have the burden of showing the court that the tenant owes rent, but Hallett said the resident should be there to defend themselves.

“Our laws are written in a way that favors the landlord, but tenants have a lot of defenses and we win cases all the time for tenants,” Hallett said.

| MORE | Oklahoma apartment complex residents plead for help after receiving 5-day eviction notices

In Oklahoma, renters can be evicted from their residence in as little as 12 days. They are also required to have three days notice before the court date, which makes it difficult for some people to leave work.

Hallett said that Legal Aid is a nonprofit organization that can help residents in situations like this. Renters facing eviction can find help here.

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