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Tenant's Response To Landlord Eviction Notice

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                <p>Eviction action is legal proceedings sought by the
landlord by filing a lawsuit in the court to evict the tenant from
his/her property. The landlord can file an eviction on grounds where a
tenant is reluctant to move out from the rented property after the end of
lease period as given in the lease agreement or in situations where the
tenant does not pay the rent or if the conduct of the tenant is against
the rule and regulations as set in the lease form. The landlord on any
grounds cannot physically force the tenant to move out of the property.
Only the law can decide whether the tenant should move from the property
or has the legal right to occupy it. </p>
<p>Once an eviction action is filed in the court, the landlord gives a
written eviction notice to the tenant. The tenant has to respond to the
court's notice within the deadline specified in it which is usually 20
days. The tenant must issue a written response to the eviction notice. On
doing so, the tenant can appear before the court and can tell his/her
side of the story. Failing to do so will result in losing the trial even
if the tenant has a good stand to win the case. The court may issue a
default judgment and the tenant loses the entire case. </p>
<p>If the tenant believes the landlord was discriminatory in his conduct
or disagrees with the complaint, or if the tenant requires need more time
to vacate the rental unit, he/she has the right to appear before the
court and explain their side of the case providing evidence that the
landlord has no right to forcefully evict you from the rented property.
If the landlord has filed an eviction action against because of non -
payment of rent, bring the rent amount to the court to settle the
matters. The tenant can argue that the rent is not paid because the
rental unit is not in inhabitable condition and it requires immediate
repair. And he/she can claim the rent will only be paid in case the
repair is made. The court can order the landlord to make necessary repair
in-order to make it fit for human habitation or the court can also ask
for reducing it from the rent amount the tenant owes to the landlord.
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<p>If the tenant failed to pay the rent, the court may ask the tenant to
pay the rent in court until the hearing is over. Once the case is
decided, if it is in favor of the landlord the amount automatically goes
to him/her or vice versa. If the court decides the tenant has to move out
of the property, it issues a "writ of possession" which is court verdict
giving right to the landlord to evict the tenant from their property with
help of the sheriff. </p>
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