If I quit my job that provided housing, how long do I have to move out?

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If I quit my job that provided housing, how long do I have to move out?

Asked on May 10, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Michigan

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If housing was part of your pay or compensation for your job, you lose your entitlement to it as soon as you quit. Your landlord/employer can ask you to leave immediately. If you do not leave immediately, or at some mutually-agreed upon date (e.g. many employers in that situation would allow you to remain through the end of the month), the employer/landlord can bring an legal action to evict you (commonly called a "summary dispossess" action). That is the only way to get you out; it is illegal for landlords to simply change the locks, for example.

An eviction action, once filed, will typically take 1 - 3 months, total, from date of filing to the lock-out date, depending on several variables, including how much they want you out and how energetic they are about doing all their paperwork and showing up to court, how busy or crowded your courts are, etc. Therefore, from once they tell you to leave, you probably have, on average, another 6 weeks until the lock out actually occurs.


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