I got an Eviction Notice. What now?

An eviction notice is any written notice from your landlord, property manager or landlord’s attorney that says you must leave the property. It is sometimes called a “Notice to Vacate”, “Notice to Quit” or “Lease Termination Notice.” The notice should tell you when the landlord wants to end your lease and why.

What are my options?

When you receive an eviction notice, you will not be forced to leave by the date on the eviction notice. Consider the following options:

  1. Negotiate an agreement with your landlord.
  2. Wait to resolve the dispute through the Eviction Diversion Program or in Eviction Court.
  3. Move out by the date on the eviction notice.

I want to stay. How do I negotiate an agreement with my landlord?

I am willing to move. What should I do?

The eviction notice says I have to move by a specific date. Can I be locked out that day?

No. Your landlord cannot lock you out without first filing a case in eviction court and getting a judgment against you. If you do not leave by the date in the eviction notice, your landlord’s next step may be to apply for the Eviction Diversion Program or file a complaint in Eviction Court.

If your landlord locks you out without going to court or during the court process, it may be an illegal eviction.

Is my landlord allowed to send me an Eviction Notice?

In most cases, yes. The landlord can send an eviction notice if they believe you fell behind on rent, breached your lease in some way or your lease term is over.

The landlord is not allowed to send you an eviction notice because you requested repairs or called License & Inspections (L&I). If this happens to you, consider filing a complaint with the Fair Housing Commission for unfair rental practices.

The landlord also not allowed end your lease on the basis of your sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, source of income, familial status or disability. If this happens to you, consider filing a complaint with the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations for housing discrimination.

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