How to Avoid Eviction

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Being evicted is stressful both when it happens and in the long term, as you are looking for a new apartment. It can even make buying a home more difficult. The best way to deal with eviction is to avoid it altogether but sometimes this just isn’t possible. You may not have the money to pay your rent or be able to remedy a circumstance that violates your lease. However, there are ways you may be able to stop the process once it has begun.
The most effective way to stop the eviction process is to pay your back rent or fix the lease violation. Paying back rent may be difficult to do if you didn’t have the money to pay rent in the first place. In these cases, you may have to borrow money. This can be beneficial because you get to keep your residence and are able to pay back money over time, in smaller chunks, whether you take out a loan or borrow from family or friends.
If paying back rent or fixing the circumstance isn’t possible, your landlord may proceed with the eviction process. However, there is a very specific process they must follow to evict you and if it not followed, you may be able to keep your apartment. Forcing you out without going through the required process or evicting you out of retaliation can definitely have the eviction dismissed. Also, if the unit or building upkeep was subpar or requested repairs were not completed, it can be grounds for a terminated eviction.
The smartest move you can make once you’re served an eviction notice is to research research the eviction laws in your state. It’s important to know what your landlord can and can’t do during the process. As shown above, avoiding an eviction may be as easy as reporting a missed or ignored step.

However, sometimes an eviction just can’t be avoided. If you end up evicted and need to figure out how to find housing with it on your record, check out our blog How to Find Housing With an Eviction on Your Record.

By: Alecia Stanton

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