Posted by John E. Marre on February 19, 1999 at 01:09:01:
In Reply to: eviction posted by kat on February 18, 1999 at 20:36:13:
Prepare yourself for a court date.
When you get the very first piece of paper indicating that legal actions have been started, go directly to the court within the time frame you have. Sometimes the date on the "Dispossess" will be several days before you receive it. If this is the case, do not make other arrangements... Go to court and get your case on the calendar.
Be very prepared to have to explain your reason(s) for not paying the rent in great detail. Even if it means you might feel uncomfortable. Your best venue is to be forthright. (And, hope you get a judge that has some compassion left. Judges are like anyone else and can have some pretty bad days. But, you do have the right to appeal. Keep that in mind.)
If you can't afford a lawyer, there are legal aid societies and most often a pro se attorney at the court house. If you need the pro se, be sure to ask when you get to court. You might even be able to speak with one before the court date when you bring your case to the calendar.
Meanwhile, do not accept any verbal agreements from your landlord. Ask politely for written agreements if possible (you don't want the ll pissed off at you).
Be able to prove any claims you bring in front of a judge. Likewise, be able to prove any verbal exchanges you may have had with your ll.
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