Sometimes, a party in a landlord/tenant case needs the court to do more than simply award monetary damages or possession of the property. In such cases, injunctive relief can be a good option.
An injunction is a court order that mandates or prohibits a party from doing a certain action. A landlord, for example, can obtain an injunction against a tenant to enjoin them from damaging property (if they have sufficient evidence that this harm is occurring). Tenants can also get injunctions; these are obtained frequently when a landlord refuses to fix dangerous conditions in a property.
To get an injunction, a party needs to show irreparable harm--damages that cannot be resolved through monetary damages. Fortunately, matters involving property are often sufficient for this type of relief.
If you are facing a landlord/tenant problem that requires immediate attention, consult an attorney to determine if an injunction is right for you.
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