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I am sorry you are dealing with an unpleasant landlord. While it is not required to hire a lawyer for a tenant to defend an eviction based on a wrongful eviction claim, it is a good idea. You would not be permitted to represent you mother in this case, she would have to do so. A few things that a lawyer can help with in this situation, one is defending the eviction based on the fact the tenant had a right to repair and deduct and therefore is not late on rent. In addition, if it comes to a court hearing procuring damages from the landlord is more likely if a lawyer is presenting the arguments to the judge. This is not to say you or mother are not capable however, it would have to be the tenant, your mother however, and to minimize stress and to facilitate a quick resolution to this matter would be in her best interest. If you provide me with the State she is located in I can provide you with the link to the State Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service.
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