My Landlord Just Gave Me Notice... What Should I Do?

   It’s been a rough couple of months. Business has been slow, the bills are piling up, and you’re behind on your rent. You return home after a long day at work to see a mysterious paper taped to your door. You pull it down to take a look, and your heart sinks. Your landlord has given you notice to vacate.

   Unfortunately, this is a situation many people one point or another. Even during relatively good times, it is possible to find yourself on the wrong side of your landlord. No matter the circumstances, getting an eviction notice is an unpleasant experience that can leave you feeling frightened, confused, and helpless. While there isn’t enough room to cover every aspect of the eviction process, there are a few things you can do to make sure you are prepared if your lease goes south - even if you don’t anticipate being evicted any time soon. I recommend that every tenant know their lease, know their rights and liabilities under it, and know basic eviction procedures.

   First, know your lease. This may seem rather simple, but in reality, this could be one of the most important points in this article. Your lease is the contractual agreement that both you and your landlord are obligated to follow. The lease will more than likely contain considerable insight into the rules, procedures, and policies that govern how you and your landlord should handle various disputes, including those that might ...

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