How it works:
- You don't have to leave when you get the eviction notice.
- After the eviction expires, your landlord still must ask a judge's permission to evict you. The request is called a "landlord & tenant writ." The sheriff will bring the writ to your home.
- You do not have to move out when you get the landlord & tenant writ.
Know your rights:
- Do you want to fight the eviction? Tell the court.
- To do this, you must file an "appearance" with the court. The "appearance" is a simple, one-page form the court should send you, or you can get it at the court.
- You MUST return the form to the court by the "return day" on the first page of the landlord & tenant writ. You can hand-deliver or mail the form to the court. Allow at least 2 days for delivery if you mail it.
- Once the court gets your appearance form, it will send you a "notice of hearing." This will have the date and time of your hearing.
Talk to the judge:
- Attend the hearing!
- At your hearing, tell the judge why you should not be evicted. If you need help with what to say, call legal aid at 1-800-639-5290 or 603-224-3333 or apply online.
- Even if there is no legal defense against the eviction, you can ask the judge for up to 90 days to move.
What if you lose?
- If the landlord wins, the judge will sign a "writ of possession." You do not have to leave until the sheriff brings the writ to your home. Read about what happens next.
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