I am renting a room at someone's apartment they are being evicted and did not make me aware till today do I have rights
2 attorney answers
I generally agree with Mr. Cooledge, except that it may make more sense (depending on the facts) to file an answer (e.g. where you are appearing as Doe 1), rather than filing a pre-judgment claim of right to possession.
In addition, depending on the facts the landlord may not have been required to serve you with a pre-litigation notice, or it may have been validly served (e.g. substitute service) even if you never actually received a copy.
Promptly consult a local landlord-tenant attorney or tenants rights organization for help, and make sure you file something before your deadline expires.
You should probably also start looking for a new place, because it seems likely that the landlord will have valid grounds to evict you (e.g. if the master tenant subleased without permission).
I think the thing to do here is to file a claim of right to possession with the court. If the plaintiff served the prejudgment claim form with the summons and complaint, you may be able to get a copy of the form from the person you're subleasing from, fill it out, and file it with the court. That will essentially insert you into the case. If not, you can still file a claim post-judgment, but the procedure is a little more involved. This isn't necessarily a complete description of what you have to do, but the important information here is that there's a document you need to fill out and file with the court in order to be heard in the case. You should engage the services of an attorney to avoid any errors with completing or filing the form. Hope this helps.
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