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    I have a good friend who is being evicted from their home. I've never been through the process but I want to be able to offer them some advice or help, so I figured I would ask here. I'm basically looking for a timeline on how the eviction will go. They plan to respond to the notice with the court, then follow the necessary procedures. They are also going to start packing this weekend.

    When should they expect to be out typically? Do landlords ever settle before the eviction process is over, or is it really a toss up? What is the best way to go about this process to make it as quick and painless as possible.

    Also, their landlord set up past due amounts of rent as a loan. In the pay or quit notice, they added this loan amount to the amount of back rent. I was thinking maybe it should not have been in the pay or quit notice, but in a separate civil suit since it was a personal loan, but I'm not sure. Any advice, tips, or personal stories would help me to help my good friend. I really want to help see her through this.

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    Thanks for your reply. The person is in Georgia. I have limited knowledge on tenants rights in this state, so i will look at it. I will also tell them to make a time stamped video recording of their last day (my father always did this when I was a kid).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alessa View Post
    I'd need more info. What state? Every place is different. The best advice i can give is for them to learn their rights as renters. Often times, the law is on the renter's side if they know how to play the game. They can potentially drag the eviction process out for months. Also, they need to make sure they take pics on their way out so that the landlord can't sue them for damage they didn't cause. I know this from experience. Luckily, I am now a homeowner. I will never go back to dealing with landlords. Not worth it.

    Hope that helps.
    I understand there are renter's rights but this is not "a game." If they have stopped paying rent in which they agreed to do in the lease, they need to vacate the premises. "Dragging it out" for months isn't right.

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    True but what about the owner's responsibilities? They have a mortgage/bills to pay regardless of their tenants hardship.

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    Please be advised that I am not asking to drag it out, nor am I trying to have them stiff the owners. I just want my friend to go about this in the best way for them. The owners are already covered by the law and know how to go about this. I am looking for advice for my friend, the tenant.

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    How long has it been since they have been able to pay rent? Do they have a temp place to go? Hoping for the best for them...

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    The eviction process does vary widely from state to state and county to county. In general, if they can get current on the rent, and that's the only cause for eviction, they can stop the process.

    You need to research your state and local landlord/tenant laws in order to get a more specific answer than that.

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    No advice here, but good luck to them!

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    Don't worry about them? Really? The renters have violated their contract. It is not the landlord's responsibility to provide free housing regardless of someone's situation. Sad but true. I feel for them but they cannot expect to live rent free in someone else's home. They need assistance elsewhere no doubt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeatSeeker View Post
    I am looking for advice for my friend, the tenant.
    Lots of specifics left out.............agree with greebo...............research it for their state...........all different....your friend is covered by the law too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeatSeeker View Post
    I have a good friend who is being evicted from their home..
    Just curious here................before all the arguments REALLY get going................WHAT IS THE REASON THEY ARE BEING EVICTED????????

    Anything MORE than not paying the rent????????? HOW LATE ARE THEY????????? HOW MUCH??????????

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    They are 1 month behind for the month of July. They were previously behind about 8 months ago but the landlord decided to give them a personal loan for the amount owed. I believe this was done because there was a bit of negligence on the landlords part, as the landlord decided to let the second person on the lease out while there was back rent owed. (I hope that was clear). I don't think this should have been done as the ability to rent the home was based on the two incomes, and in letting a person out of the lease, the one insufficient income was left. It also left my friend holding the bag for the entire amount of rent, which wasn't right. Of course, this is just my opinion.

    In the papers that they were served the landlord is asking for rent for the month of July as well as for the personal loan amount. My friend is honestly not sure where to go, as job loss has left them with literally no money. I have offered my place, but they wont accept. My friend and I have been looking for some agencies that may offer help to the at risk homeless, however, so far no luck. Not sure what advice to give them at this point and I hate it.

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    The best thing your friend can do is to NOT ignore any court summons. This eviction will stay on their credit report for years and unless they set up a payment plan with the landlord, they will also have a judgement on them as well for the monies owed. Your friend is going to have a really hard time finding a place a to rent (a decent place that is) with an eviction on her record.

    Normally, when there are two ppl on the lease and one leaves, the person left has to 'prove' that they can pay the rent on their income only.And normally, the landlord will reissue a new lease in the one tenants name. Your friend should've moved or got another roommate when the other person moved out and left her "holding the bag" as you put it.

    I feel for your friend, I really do, but the being a landlord isn't easy and it is a business. She can go to legal aid, she can contact some local shelters and food banks and apply for emergency food and cash assistance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeatSeeker View Post
    They are 1 month behind for the month of July. They were previously behind about 8 months ago but the landlord decided to give them a personal loan for the amount owed. .
    So...........how far did they get behind BEFORE?........and how much is already owed? She already owes July.....plus...........think rather than try to 'ride out the mess' she best see if she can just get somewhere to live..............UNLESS she would be able to catch up........and stay up to date on the rent..........which doesn't sound likely.

    And if there is a 'chance' most landlords will try to work with you...........unless this has been 'habitual'.......or other things have transpired that you haven't mentioned.

    You also mention..........the "roommate" moved............then say "they"..............so how many people are we actually talking about?

    Like mobaymom said............it will be tough getting a 'decent' place with an eviction...........not good for references. But the more they 'fight' it the more money they 'potentially' will be spending in the end.

    If she won't accept your offer, which does give her somewhere to go, sounds like she just wants to drag it out..........good luck.

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    Looks like there is some good info and links to other resources here: Local Tenant Rights, Laws, and Protections: Georgia - HUD

    May the universe bless your friend with some kind, goodhearted people to help her in this difficult situation.

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