the landlord put a 5 day notice under the door, while i was away. I gave the landlord a check, but still received a summons for eviction, becaused the landlord said the check was a day late. To my knowledge the check was given to a lawyer a not cashed
The 5 day notice usually needs to be hand delivered. There are some circumstances where it can be posted on the door to the apartment, but none that allow it to be just slipped under a door. However, if the lawyer files an eviction case based on that notice, you may well have a defense to the suit. But that doesn't stop them from serving another 5 day notice right away and starting it all over again.
If you want to stay in this apartment, you need to get some legal help. If, however, you're not planning on staying there, you might as well consider this a sign that it's time to find a new place pronto. Once a landlord starts doing screwy stuff like this, it's usually a one way road.
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