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Can you slow or suspend an eviction?

An eviction notice can send you spiraling into despair and give you little to no time to find a solution. However, the initial notice might not be the end.

Proactively communicating and putting forth your best effort to identify a solution might help you change course. Knowing some strategies that may slow or suspend an eviction can help you determine what to do next.

Respond to all inquiries

If you receive an eviction notice, make sure you see a clear description of the reason why. You deserve to know why your landlord wants you to leave. From the time you receive a notice, the law requires your landlord to allow at least 10 days for you to leave the residence.

As soon as you receive a notice, take action and contact your landlord. Ask for clarification about the situation and whether an alternative agreement is an option so you can remain in the establishment. If you receive a court summons, show up to the court on the date and time listed. Responding to an eviction notice might show your landlord that you want to resolve the discrepancy.

Seek rental assistance

If you cannot pay your rent and have fallen behind on payments, consider your options for acquiring the necessary payment. According to the Maryland Attorney General, you may qualify for rental assistance via the following resources:

  • Local or county rental assistance programs
  • Maryland Emergency Rental Assistance Call Center
  • Contacting 2-1-1 Maryland
  • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Help for Renters website

If you can secure rental assistance, you can provide proof of your eligibility to receive funds and show it to your landlord. The reassurance that you will soon have the ability to pay your rent may slow the eviction process long enough that you can make your payments.