Hudson 'hero' facing eviction scores court victoryBy RYAN LESSARD
Union Leader Correspondent
August 01. 2018 8:13PM
NASHUA — Mandi Whitaker, a 29-year-old mother of two who saved a young woman’s life in 2017, appeared at a hearing Wednesday in Nashua District Court over the state’s efforts to evict her from her Hudson apartment.
Judge Julie Introcaso vacated the state’s claim of damages in the amount of back rent because their demand was “defective” due to an amount written in the claim was $75 over the amount due.
At the beginning of the hearing, Introcaso asked the state’s attorney, Emily Goering, why the state was involved. Goering said the Department of Transportation owns the 94 Wason Road property.
Introcaso remarked that she doesn’t see the state represented in many civil proceedings. Goering said DOT doesn’t own many properties.
During the hearing, the state said Whitaker owed $10,900 in back rent from December 2017 to the present for time she spent at her apartment. An eviction notice sent on May 23 ordered Whitaker to leave by June 6. She still resides there.
Whitaker did not deny that she didn’t pay the rent. Her defense centered on a complicated back-and-forth paperwork snafu involving three different property management companies the state hired as authorized agents.
“The state never provided her a copy of [her lease],” Whitakers attorney Colin Jean said.
The state brought DOT property manager Lisa Weir to testify. She said she had many verbal conversations with Whitaker about her need to submit missing renter’s insurance and service dog license paperwork.
Whitaker testified in her own defense that she submitted her pet paperwork and that the insurance company told her they would submit their forms directly.
When Introcaso ended the hearing, she said the she couldn’t grant the state its demand even if they had prevailed on the merits of the case.
Jean said the state needs to start the process over by filing a new eviction claim, which he expects means Whitaker won’t have to return to court for another month.
Whitaker said she’s still looking for a new place to live in the meantime.
“It gives me more time. That’s awesome,” she said.
In April 2017, Whitaker pulled a 20-year-old woman from a burning car just moments before it exploded. She was awarded a New Hampshire Hero Award by the Union Leader in front of the State House in May 2018.