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Robinson v. Diamond Housing Corporation

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
463 F.2d 853 (1972)


Facts

In 1968, Mrs. Robinson (defendant) entered into a month-to-month lease with Diamond Housing Corporation (Diamond) (plaintiff) for a residence in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Robinson entered into the lease with the understanding that Diamond would repair several defects on the property, including an unsafe porch, unsafe railings, and a ceiling that did not connect with the wall in her bedroom. These defects were in violation of several housing codes. Diamond failed to make the necessary repairs, and as a result, Mrs. Robinson ceased her rent payments. Diamond then brought an action to evict her. Mrs. Robinson argued that the lease was invalid due to the housing code violations. A jury ruled in her favor. Diamond then brought a subsequent action to evict Mrs. Robinson based on the thirty days’ notice to vacate it provided her. Mrs. Robinson argued that this was a retaliatory eviction for Diamond’s failure to prevail on the previous action. The trial court ruled in favor of Diamond. Mrs. Robinson appealed to the United State Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Skelly Wright, J.)

Dissent (Robb, J.)

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