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Question: Can I stop the eviction if it will leave me without a home?
The fact that an eviction will leave you homeless is not a legal defense. However, you cannot be kicked out of your home without a court order issued by a judge. And even then, only a sheriff or marshal can actually evict you. Your landlord cannot lock you out or shut off your utilities without going through a legal process.
If you cannot afford the fee for filing an answer, you can submit a form asking the court to waive it. And if you have very little income and cannot afford an attorney, you may qualify for assistance from a local legal aid society.
Even if the court authorizes the eviction, however, you may have a last resort.
You also could ask the judge to postpone the eviction to give you time to prepare an appeal or to find somewhere else to live. Judges often grant such a request if you pay all of the rent up to your departure date.
Can I stop the eviction if it will leave me without a home?
- Please select your county of residence below.
State Bar of Arizona
Maricopa County Bar
Referral number 602-257-4434
Pima County Bar
Referral number 520-623-4625
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Bankruptcy Court Self Help Center
Certified Legal Document Preparer Program
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