Q: I just filed chapter 7. My landlords are trying to evict me , and say I must be out within three days. Can they do this?
Also, does this mean they can turn off my electric for non payment?
A: The answer to your question depends on the particulars of your case. In most cases, an automatic stay would have gone into effect upon filing, and would prevent your landlord--for a time--from evicting you based on non-payment of rent. If you filed with an attorney, you should address this question to him or her asap. If you did not use an attorney, check your paperwork for a stay order. A creditor, including a landlord, can be sanctioned for violating the automatic stay.
*Kevin Chern is Managing Partner of UpRight Law, a national law firm with licensed attorneys providing bankruptcy and consumer legal services in all 50 states. He is an Illinois licensed attorney with 21 years of federal consumer bankruptcy and consumer protection law experience. This response is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice. For legal advice, consult an attorney licensed in your state with the appropriate expertise.
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