Q: Landlord filed for eviction, after I had paid rent.
I was out of town on a business trip and unable to ensure my rent was posted from my mailbox. When I got back there was a notice on my door to vacate the premises. I went to their office the next day March 9 and explained what happened. They seemed agreeable and gave me a receipt for my rent. I received a letter from the courts saying we are being summoned for an eviction hearing. It was filed March 14. I also received a letter from their lawyer saying they are holding our payment and do not accept it. Due to issues with other tenants we have expressed our desire to leave. They sent an email stating they would release us from the lease if we agreed to be out by April 6th. The agreement came after the court filing even though they never said anything about filing for eviction. Does the court hearing still stand or does the email agreement trump the eviction filing?
A: Check with the court to determine if the eviction has been dismissed or if the hearing is still scheduled. If the hearing is still scheduled, attend and explain to the court what happened. It might get dismissed. Work it out with the landlord or use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney to review the situation, advise of your options, and contact the landlord for you.
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