I'm currently facing eviction out of my home. I have a court hearing this Friday. When I moved into my apartment I just started a new job and was able to afford rent and everything else, and after a couple of weeks they lowered my pay a lot and that's when trouble came now they let me go last week. Is there anything I can do to stop/prolong the eviction?
If you have other financial problems, you might consider filing a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy to stop the eviction, but that will only be temporary, not permanent. You need to consult an attorney right away and discuss your specific situation with the attorney.
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First, you must ask yourself if you can presently afford to live in this property. If you cannot, then I suggest that you start looking for a temporary place to land until you get back on your feet financially. It pains me to say this, but you describe a situation where the landlord needs to get the property paying again. Maybe you can come to some terms with the landlord to post pone eviction if you pay a certain amount now. If not, then you need to come up with a plan B real soon. I am afraid that filing for bankruptcy might be too rushed and forcing the matter a little strong. I recommend that you get in touch with a NJ bankruptcy attorney first thing Monday morning. Good Luck!
Other than a bankruptcy, which is really no solution under the circumstances, you have 2 choices: either you obtain a roommate, or you negotiate with your LL an early termination of the lease to minimize your penalties. If you do get evicted, you might be able to convince a judge to give you an extended time to move out in an orderly fashion. Even so, you're still obligated to continue paying rent.
Your landlord's not at fault here; your finances changed. The LL is entitled to the rent you agreed to pay in your lease.
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You could retain counsel, but that's going to cost more money you don't have. In the end, you should find a place you can afford - or someone with whom to share expenses. Good luck.
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