How long does an eviction take on average from start to actual move out?

UPDATED: Aug 4, 2011

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How long does an eviction take on average from start to actual move out?

I have until 6 PM tomorrow to pay rent, or the eviction process will start. How long do I have until I actually have to move out? Will the eviction hurt my credit score?

Asked on August 4, 2011 Arizona


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

First, any reported eviction and resulting judgment against a person will harm his or her credit rating (score).

Second, if you cannot pay rent within the required time period and do not wish to voluntarily vacate the unit you are renting most likely you will be served with an unlawful detainer lawsuit. You will be served with the lawsuit, most likely will have 5 days to answer the summons and complaint.

If you do not do so, a default and default judgment will be entered against you. The default judgment will order your leaving of the unit by a certain date. If you do not leave at that point, law enforcement (sheriff usually) will forcefully remove you. The time frame under the above scenario is estimated to be around 25 days or so.

If you answer the summon and complaint, go to trial, lose, and receive an order of eviction where you are to be out of the unit by a certain date, the estimated time frame is 35 to 40 days.

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