We have continued the COVID safety measures put in place during the Pandemic.
Everyone entering the building must:
Plexiglass shields have been installed in each courtroom and in the Clerk’s Office.
Air filters are provided in select areas around the building.
In certain circumstances, tenants are able to withhold rent. The process is called rent depositing. Tenants can pay rental deposits to the court, which are held in escrow (in trust) on behalf of the tenant.
A tenant has the right to withhold rent when:
Tenants may NOT withhold rent when:
If the Court finds that the condition contained in the notice was the tenant’s fault or the tenant intentionally acted in bad faith in depositing rent with the Clerk, the tenant shall be responsible for damages caused to the landlord and court costs, together with reasonable lawyer’s fees.
At any time after rent is deposited, the landlord and tenant can agree, without a hearing, that their dispute is resolved and the deposited rent may be paid out to the landlord. They need to both sign a joint notice and file it with the Clerk of Court.