Only a judge can order you out
Your landlord must follow a legal process — including going to court — to evict you. You can only be removed from your apartment by a judge.
- It’s illegal for a landlord to lock you out.
- It is also illegal for a landlord to try to force you out by shutting off your utilities.
Were you served with a document titled “Summons and Complaint”? Remember to go to court. If you don’t, the court will decide in favor of the landlord and order an eviction.
- Behind on the rent? Talk to your landlord about creating a repayment plan.
- Did you break the terms of your lease? Explain to your landlord how you plan to resolve it.
- Is your landlord proposing a rent increase you can’t afford? Ask if they will take a smaller increase. You should also ask for a lease so that your rent will not increase again during the lease period.
- your lease agreement and any addendum
- rent receipts
- security deposit receipts, and
- written communications with your landlord.
Help is available
Some legal service groups hold clinics or offer free legal help. They may be able to help you fill out forms, file motions, or negotiate a resolution. We have more information about legal resources below.
Our Housing Crisis Case Coordinators can help you deal with the eviction process. They may also be able to help you get legal, financial, or other help.