Evictions: Just the basics

The HOUSING CHAPTER does NOT go into the specifics of eviction law—but we realize it is an issue you may come across and need help with. Below we include some very basic know-your-rights information if you are facing an eviction or received what is called a “3-Day Notice” from your landlord to do something (like pay rent). It is also important to know that if you engage in any “new criminal activity,” like committing a new crime, you and your entire household could face eviction.[1354]


If you need a lawyer to help with defending against an eviction, please see the list of housing legal aid providers on PG. 1075, who may be able to assist you. If you are facing eviction, it’s important to ACT FAST to respond to the notice of eviction, so get in touch with a housing lawyer as soon as possible.

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    24 C.F.R. § 982.310.

  1. What is an eviction?

  2. I am facing an eviction. What are my options?

  3. I received a 3-day notice to do something from my landlord. Will I be evicted?

  4. The 3-Day Notice to “Pay Rent or Quit”

    1. What must a “3-day notice to pay rent or quit” say?

    2. What are my options if I get a “3-day notice to pay rent or quit”?

    3. What could happen if I do not pay my rent or do not move within the 3 days?

  5. The 3-Day Notice to Perform Covenant(s) or Quit

  6. The 3-Day Notice to Quit

  7. Service of the 3-Day Notice

    1. What could happen if my landlord takes me to court to evict me?

    2. What could happen if I ignore the summons and complaint and do nothing?

    3. What could happen if I lose in court or after a judgment against me?

    4. How long does the eviction process take?

    5. I live in transitional housing, and the housing provider (or parole) is trying to evict me with very little notice & without going to court. Is this legal & what are my options?