For more information about the Eviction process, watch this short video. Step by step instructions are below the video
Step 1: You have to file a document called an Answer with the court.
You have seven (7) days from the date you were served to file your Answer. The date your answer is due is on the bottom of the notice.
Click here to see where your Answer due date is on the eviction notice you received.
Click here to see what the Answer looks like and get tips on filling it out.
Click here to get free help with your Answer
Step 2: Once you file your Answer with the court you will get a court date.
That court date will usually occur about a week after the date you file your answer. Your landlord can’t kick you out until after that court date, but that is only if you file an Answer. This is why It is important to file your answer by the date it is due.
Click here to see how much time the process may take
Step 3: Make sure you come to court on your court date.
In most cases you will have the chance to make a deal with your landlord at the courthouse.
Click here to see what you should bring with you to court, and for tips on how to talk to your landlord at court.
You can get free help from lawyers at each step.
Click here to learn more about free help with your case. There are lawyers in the Magistrate Court Clerk’s Office at the courthouse, and they can help you file your answer correctly. CLICK HERE for directions. It is also free to file at the courthouse, even if you do not want a lawyer to help you.