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Story of Justice: Linda*

Linda came to Legal Aid because her condominium association was refusing to waive mandatory cable fees for her family. According to Florida law, a household that receives SNAP benefits or Social Security is eligible for a waiver of the condominium basic bulk service costs. 

Linda has a disabled son who receives disability and the family receives SNAP benefits, making her eligible for such a waiver. However, her condominium association refused to waive the fees and instead placed a lien on the family’s condominium and sought foreclosure of the lien to pay the cable fees. Despite extensive efforts by Legal Aid attorneys to negotiate a settlement, the condominium association refused to honor the family’s right to an accommodation. Ultimately, pro bono attorney Kevin Rajabalee represented Linda in federal court where she was awarded damages and attorney’s fees.   

*Names have been changed to protect the privacy of our clients.