You’re late on paying rent and now you’ve been served with a Forcible Detainer (Eviction) Lawsuit. The good news is you don’t need to move out immediately!
As a courtesy to our community, we’re giving away our process for free to help our neighbors get more time to find a new place to live.
Here’s our process:
- File an Answer to the Eviction Lawsuit;
- Show up to the JP Court on the designated date and time; and
- Tell the judge your story as to why you’re behind on paying rent and ask the landlord to give you a payment plan – they may show you some mercy.
If that doesn’t work, the judge will rule against you so here’s what you can do next:
- Ask the judge to set a supercedeas bond amount; and
- File a Notice of Appeal as well as a Pauper’s Affidavit (demonstrating that you do not have adequate resources to pay the supercedeas bond) within 5 days of the court’s judgment.
Your case will now be transferred to a County Court at Law so here’s what to do next:
- Wait for a letter from the County Court at Law informing you that you need to pay a filing fee;
- Pay the filing fee within the time frame stated in the letter;
- Show up to the County Court at Law on the designated date and time;
- Tell the judge your story as to why you’re behind on paying rent and ask the landlord to give you a payment plan – again, they may show you some mercy.
If that doesn’t work, the judge will rule against you so here’s what you need to do next:
- Ask the judge to set an appeal bond amount and, if you can afford it, pay the appeal bond amount into the court’s registry within 5 days; otherwise
- The court will issue a writ of possession within 10 days … you need to have found a new place to live and move there before the constable comes to enforce the writ of possession.
If this seems complicated and you want to make sure you don’t mess up, or you don’t want to take off from work to testify in court, you can hire our firm to take care of it for you. We completely take it off your hands for a fixed cost, aside from the filing fee, which we expect to be around $250 (court fee, not ours).