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How does eviction work?

i have never dealt with eviction or been faced with it. until now. my family and i rented a place and signed a year lease. paid first and last months rent plus deposit up front. we knew we would be short for june 1st rent (job issues) so we went to a local community action agency and they helped us with the portion we didnt have. the landlord refused to accept it. he stated if we can not pay it ourselves we can get out. june 2cnd there was a note on our door stating ot pay or leave. june 8th we recieved a notice in the mail telling us to be out no later than juen 30th at 5pm. (we already planned to be out by the end of the month) no problem. then june 11th we were served papers from the sherriff saying we are being called to court for eviction on june 28th. so now we are confused. we thought we were suppose to go by the notice and leave by the 30th. can they really evict before the notice time is over? how do we handle this in court without an attorney? any information will be helpful or experience with this type of situation. we really dont want an evictin on our record.
btw we are in TN if that helps.

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:37 PM on Jun. 13, 2013 in Money & Work

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  • Here are the answers for your state.  In some parts of TN, only 14 days is needed.

    "If the property is not in one of the counties covered by the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, then the landlord only needs to serve a 14 Day Notice to evict for non-payment of rent, extensive damage, or health and safety violations. All other breaches need a 30 Day Notice."


    Answer by gdiamante at 9:45 PM on Jun. 13, 2013

  • so by law they have to wait till the notice period is up before they file? why did they early then? does that mean we have till the 30th?

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 9:57 PM on Jun. 13, 2013

  • So this landlord is going to throw you out just for being short on 1 month's rent??
    How was the charity going to help you pay? Check,money order,cash?
    Did you give him what you had,money wise?
    How short were you?

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 9:58 PM on Jun. 13, 2013

  • yes we are only technically 7 days late as of right now. they were going to send a check to the landlord. all he had to do was fill out the paper with his information. name address address of rental property so forth. no we did not give him the other half because he said he needed it full to accept it. the agency was helping us with half of it. which was 450.00. we have no idea why he wouldnt accept it. he never said why. just said if we cant do it on our own we need to get out. we are very stressed obviously. i just feel lost because it would be paid if he would accept the check from the agency in town.

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 10:03 PM on Jun. 13, 2013

  • they send us a letter about every other day telling us to get out. its very stressful. we are looking for anohter place and plan to be out by the end of the month. either way we want to leave because if we would ever get into a bad situation again they obviously wont work with us. we are not looking for charity or a handout from our landlords just common understanding.

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 10:06 PM on Jun. 13, 2013

  • Make sure you have your half when you go to court
    I don't know the laws in your state,but that is total BS. So he'd rather pay court costs than take half from a charity? SMH....

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 10:06 PM on Jun. 13, 2013

  • i guess he would. makes no sense to us either.

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 10:10 PM on Jun. 13, 2013

  • I'm wondering if he has a family member or some other tenant he wants to move into your place. It justdoesn't make sense that he'd rather pay court costs than take half of your rent money from a charity unless he's looking to get rid of you for some reason.

    Answer by Ballad at 10:37 PM on Jun. 13, 2013

  • Like I said in your other post. The fact that he refused to fill out paperwork asking for his name, social and financial information SCREAMS CROOK!
    If I were you I'd call the sheriff's office who served you the notice and ask them if there's anything stating that he can refuse a payment.

    Answer by PartyGalAnne at 10:41 PM on Jun. 13, 2013

  • Maybe he isn't reporting his rental income

    Answer by staciandababy at 10:48 PM on Jun. 13, 2013

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