Help with being evicted FAQ
What is a writ of eviction?
A writ of eviction (sometimes called an eviction judgment or writ of possession) is a court order issued after a landlord wins a court hearing against a residential tenant. The writ of eviction will include a specific date by which tenants must vacate the property.
What is a writ of restitution?
A writ of restitution is a legal document that gives law enforcement permission to schedule an eviction. If you receive a writ of restitution, it means that a judge has issued an eviction judgment against you.
What is a supersedeas bond?
A supersedeas bond is a justice court or district court bond that allows you to stay in your home while awaiting the results of your eviction appeal. The bond represents your promise to pay the court’s judgment at the conclusion of your case, including the losing party’s court costs.
What is an unlawful detainer?
An unlawful detainer is another name for judicial eviction action that landlords take against tenants. The term means that a tenant is unlawfully living in the landlord’s property after receiving a legal notice to quit (or leave) the home.
Is there a federal eviction ban?
No, there isn’t a federal eviction ban. The Supreme Court overturned the Biden administration’s CDC moratorium in August 2021. Congressional Democrats and Republicans have so far been unable to reach an agreement on another moratorium.
Does the federal government have any COVID-19 eviction protections?
No, the federal government no longer has any COVID-19 eviction protections. Landlords may now evict residential tenants for late mortgage payments and nonpayment of rent because the CDC’s moratorium no longer applies. However, your state’s eviction moratorium status may be different. Consult your local elected officials for more information.
Why did the Supreme Court overturn the CDC eviction moratorium?
The Supreme Court overturned the CDC eviction moratorium because it said that only Congress has the authority to extend an eviction moratorium. The Court ruled that the CDC order exceeded the federal agency’s authority and wasn’t constitutional (or didn’t pass constitutional muster).4
When can renters be evicted?
Renters can be evicted whenever they violate the terms of their rental agreements. Common reasons for evictions include failure to pay, damage to the rental property, and illegal activity at the rental unit.
Can I be kicked out of my apartment?
Yes, your landlord can kick you out of your apartment. However, the landlord can’t simply throw a tenant’s belongings into the street. Instead, both parties must participate in a formal eviction process that typically involves a termination notice, court hearing, and final eviction notice.
Do I lose my security deposit if I get evicted?
Yes, you typically lose your security deposit if you get evicted. Terms and conditions may vary by the lease agreement. However, your landlord is generally entitled to deduct any outstanding costs (including unpaid rent) from your security deposit.
Where can I find free legal help for my eviction case?
You can find free legal help for your eviction case at a legal aid center near you. Tenants qualify for legal aid if they have an annual income at or below 125% of the federal poverty level.
Can a landlord sell a tenant’s belongings?
Yes, a landlord can often sell a tenant’s belongings. However, this measure is allowable only if landlords comply with housing laws and you don’t take your valuables with you. These requirements include providing a termination notice, concluding court proceedings, and waiting until the date specified on the eviction notice delivered by the sheriff’s department.
When does an eviction hearing occur in small claims court?
An eviction occurs in small claims court when the disputed amount falls below a certain monetary threshold (often $10,000). Low-income tenants may qualify for a free lawyer to help with their eviction cases.