Helping Low-Income Tenants Maintain Safe Housing | Tennessee
During the summer in Memphis, TN, with scorching temperatures above 100 degrees, residents of a low-income trailer park faced termination of their utilities because the landlord had failed to the pay the utility bill.
Six of the trailer park’s residents contacted Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc. (MALS) for help.
MALS filed suit on behalf of the residents and, on the day the shutoff was scheduled to occur, obtained a restraining order to block the termination of utility services to the trailer park.
After helping the residents avoid termination of utility services, MALS was also able to get the restraining order extended until the trailer park had been sold to a new owner who opened a utility account in good standing.
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