Jamaira Watson looks out the window at home, which she has been evicted from. This photo was taken minutes before an emergency hearing to reconsider her case since she has COVID-19. Yehyun Kim / ctmirror.org

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Evictions can be filed for several reasons

…including because your landlord says you didn’t pay your rent, your lease has expired, or you violated the rules at your apartment.

An eviction notice, or notice to quit, from your landlord is not the same as a court order to leave.

If your landlord files an eviction in court, you should get official paperwork delivered to your house. Only court marshals are authorized to physically evict tenants.

Attorneys advise that you contact legal aid if you’ve gotten a notice to quit.

You can also talk to your landlord to try to resolve the issue.

If your landlord files an official eviction case against you, you’ll get a summons to court.

This will give you a date to appear. More information on legal forms is available here.

On your court date:

The judge typically calls several cases at once. You and your landlord (or their attorney) will be called forward to alert the judge that you are there. Before your hearing with the judge, you will meet with a court-appointed housing mediator. Sometimes, you can make an agreement in mediation that is legally binding.

If you cannot come to an agreement:

You’ll have a hearing before the judge after mediation. If you win, you can stay in your apartment. If you lose, you’ll have to leave in as few as five days.

For more information:

CT Law Help has information online about appeals, the court process and what happens to your belongings if you’re evicted.

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Ginny MonkHousing and Children's Issues Reporter

Ginny is CT Mirror's children's issues and housing reporter a Report for America corps member. She covers a range of topics including child welfare to affordable housing and zoning. Ginny grew up in Arkansas and graduated from the University of Arkansas' Lemke School of Journalism in 2017. She began her career at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette where she covered housing, homelessness, and juvenile justice on the investigations team. Along the way Ginny was awarded a 2019 Data Fellowship through the Annenberg Center for Health Journalism at the University of Southern California. She moved to Connecticut in 2021 and covered housing for Hearst Connecticut Media.