Facing eviction is never an easy time in life, if you have tried everything to avoid this reality, but it’s still here to stay, you need to know how exactly eviction works. Being evicted is never a fun time.
To take note of: Being evicted means that you won’t get your deposit back from your landlord, and your new landlord may require a substantially larger deposit due to your rental history.
Receive a warning
Before anything can happen in the ways of eviction, a warning must first be issued – either a notice to pay or a notice to vacate– which gives the tenant time to correct behaviors or conduct that has resulted in this situation. If money, or lack thereof, is the issue then this time gives the tenant a chance to pay all owed money and save his/her deposit. If the notice is to vacate then your time is up and it will give you the timeframe within which you must leave the property.
Paying out what you owe
If you can, pay out everything you owe before the eviction date, not only will this take eviction off the table, but also allows you to get your affairs in order moving forward – finding a more affordable place, leaving the lease without losing your deposit.
Moving out in time
Make sure to know when your eviction date is and ensure that you are out by that time. However this won’t let you off the hook regarding past-due rent and added expenses which still need to be paid. Eviction also means that your deposit is probably lost, even if no damages occurred. This will be stipulated in your lease agreement. Settling all outstanding amounts makes the transition easier and lets you move forward without a shadow hanging over your and your rental history.
If the eviction process progresses, your landlord will file a complaint with your local small claims court. The complaint will state why he/she thinks you should be evicted. After the complaint is filed, an eviction hearing is scheduled. The court sends you a summons officially notifying you that your eviction has begun.
Being removed from the property
If the eviction moves forward and your belongings are still in the home on the date you are supposed to be out, a local constable or sheriff of the court will come to your home, ask you to leave and put your belongings into storage.