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Housing advocate on what to do if you're being evicted: 'You have rights'

Housing advocate on what to do if you're being evicted: 'You have rights.' (via @CNBCMakeIt)

7/3/2020 2:16:00 PM

Housing advocate on what to do if you're being evicted: 'You have rights.' (via CNBCMakeIt)

Housing laws and protections vary by state and even city. But tenants do have the right to have their case heard in court.

You can look up yourstate's eviction process here."The No. 1 thing to know right now is you have rights," says Weaver. "You can defend yourself in court. You can fight for your home."2. Know your rightsHousing laws vary substantially between states and even cities. But it is illegal for your landlord to kick you out of your home for nonpayment of rent without going through your state's

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formal eviction proceedings, including giving you notice that you are being evicted (exactly how much notice varies depending on where you live). You must also be given a chance to appear in court.Once an eviction case is started, you'll be given a court date. Keep note of when you receive a notice and if you pay any rent at all between the notice and the eviction hearing, which you will want to tell the judge.

In certain cities, includingNew York City, you have a right to free legal counsel for housing cases. However, in most you do not. Search your city and "right to counsel" to see if your locality is one of them, or if there are other local laws you should know.

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