Q: i was served by broward county a Summons/Residential summary procedure pursuant to Florida statute 51.011 for eviction
AS OF MONDAY, AUGUST 17TH THE CITY OF DEERFIELD BEACH WILL NOW BE ACCEPTING RENTAL, MORTGAGE AND UTILITY ASSISTANCE. I THEN WENT TO MY LANDLORD TO SHOW HER THIS NEW DEERFIELD BEACH ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. I THEN REQUESTED A W-9 FORM (DOCUMENT) FROM HER (LANDLORD) WHICH WAS REQUESTED BY DEERFIELD BEACH COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT. IT TOOK MY LANDLORD ANOTHER 2DAYS TO GIVE ME THIS W-9 DOCUMENT. ON THURSDAY I THEN SUBMITTED THE APPLICATION ON DEERFIELD-BEACH.COM/1509/PROGRAMS. THEN ON FRIDAY I WAS SERVED IN PERSON FROM THE BROWARD COUNTY COURT A SUMMONS/RESIDENTIAL. NOW, I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT I MUST DO WITHIN 5 DAYS.
A: You do what the summons tells you to do. You answer the allegations of the complaint. Applying for assistance doesnt automatically stop the eviction process.
A: You must put the past due rent into the court registry OR file an answer showing why the rent is not due and owing. Eviction is a very quick process so you should try to retain an attorney, call Legal Aid if you qualify or otherwise get representation immediately as applying for aid is no defense to an eviction action.
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