Eviction Procedures

An eviction is the only way a landlord can force a tenant out of an apartment even if the rent has not been paid. The tenant does not have to move just because s/he has begun the eviction action. A tenant can only be put out if the landlord wins the eviction action in court. Even then the judge may give the tenant extra time to move (Stay of Execution) if the rent has been paid. Additionally, more time may be able to be negotiated with the landlord.

If a landlord locks a tenant out of the apartment or tries to force the tenant out without a court judgment, s/he is breaking the law. Contact the police at once. See Has a Landlord Locked You Out? For more information.

Early intervention and creative problem-solving are critical to preventing evictions. There are often local agencies that will help with one-time funds to help with repairs, on one-time rent payment in emergency situations. In Connecticut, the community action agencies operate a state program to prevent evictions.

Although clients can represent themselves, it is not recommended. Contact CLRP toll-free at 1-877-402-2299 for more information.