Is there any recourse that can be taken to stop a lawsuit regarding an apartment eviction?

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Is there any recourse that can be taken to stop a lawsuit regarding an apartment eviction?

I was evicted from an apartment shorty after my partner passed away; he was not on the lease. I lost my job and was simply unable to make the rent. I am now being sued and called by collection agency’s threatening to seize my assets. He is even harrassing my daughter who is a college student. I relocated out of state for my health as I suffer from a brain conditon and am awaiting surgery. I can work but my vision is touch and go so my hours have suffered. Is there any hardship clauses that could delay the process? He told me I have until today to give him and answer and his settlement is simply not realistic right now. I am not a dead beat and do not intend to ignore the debt but he is not willing to work within my means. Is there anything I can do to help this situation?

Asked on January 17, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Florida

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your situation.  You need to seek help from legal aid or any pro bono (free) program as soon as you can.  You have options.  I am sure that you will qualify for being labed "disabled" and that will protect you.  If you are over a certain age then you will be protected by laws that govern same. I am sure that there are state or federal programs to help pay the back rent. Look in to them.  Then get an attorney to be your bull dog and stand up for your rights.  If you are willing to enter in to an agreement to repay then you should be able to.  And given the situation the courts should be lenient. And have your daughter file an harrassment claim.  Good luck.


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