I recently discovered that I have a judgment that had been placed against me after trying to refinance my house.
While Active Duty in the Navy, I briefly rented a home in Portsmouth from a scum lord, sight unseen (I was traveling on orders from California to Virginia). After paying two months deposit ($1800) + two months of rent
($1800) and not even living in the home mind you, my orders finally had me in Portsmouth, VA.
When I finally saw the house in person, needless to say it was bait and switch. The home was in disrepair, there was holes in the flooring, the electricity going to the dryer was makeshift, and the house leaked water as one of the copper pipes under the house was apparently stolen and recycled for cash. That repair alone cost me over $600!
I contacted the scum lord's rental agency and reported my findings and asked to have those issues corrected. They promised to have everything corrected within a month as the home was unlivable. After waiting and numerous phone calls, I informed them that I was moving out to a safe home with the understanding that my deposit would be forfeited while the home was rented to some other unlucky bastard.
After that point, I never heard back from them.
Fast forward to this month, when I applied to have my FHA loan refinanced and discovered that a Judgment from the asshole was placed against me.
I WAS NEVER SERVED, NOR DID I EVEN KNOW THAT THIS HAD TAKEN PLACE!
I spoke to my Navy JAG whom suggested that I 'vacate the judgment.'
Do I have any chance of vacating the judgment?
Is this a case that you would feel comfortable taking on?
How much would you charge to represent me given that I am now deployed with the Marines outside of Virginia?
Here's the case information:
Case Number : GV13010033-00
Filed Date : 08/19/2013
Case Type : Unlawful Detainer
NOTARIANNI, JOSEPH CHESAPEAKE, VA 23320
Attorney: SYKES BOURDON AHERN
HAMMONDS, KENNETH A PORTSMOUTH, VA 23704Default Judgment
Judgment : Plaintiff
Costs : $56.00
Attorney Fees : 575.00
Principal Amount :$2,685.00
Other Amount : $268.50
Interest Award : 6 % FROM DOJ