FAQ: Can I Get Free Rent By Forcing My Landlord To Evict Me?
The quick answer to this is probably not, at least not for long.
The long answer is that any temporary savings will be paid in High Interest, Penalties, Lost Credit, and Homelessness.
When rental prospects call us we know before we get off the phone with them if they have had an eviction in the past 20 years, and it is a quick way of eliminating a prospect without wasting much time, so if your next home goal is a homeless shelter then maybe this is the option for you.
I know of many who have ducked out and vacated the property before the landlord filed the paperwork with the courthouse and some landlords will leave it at that.
And others will continue to file, just to warn the next landlord and so that they can put a lien on any future, earnings, homes or vehicles that you are planning to purchase.
And when you get out of court thinking that you saved a month or so of rent, you will find yourself with one landlord after another denying you a home. Why would they want to be the next fool that you owe money to?
After getting out of court you will also find your wages garnished for the rent, penalties and court costs and if you don’t have job then the debt will just stay with you to haunt your future.
Later down the road while trying to get your stuff together, you will then find yourself unable to borrow money to buy a car, or buy a home with this debt on your back and eventually you will be paying it off along with interest, penalties, court costs, and more.
Some people reply to me, but I won the eviction case and the judge let me stay, and my reply is congratulations. Now you expect me to want to be the next landlord/victim that you are not planning to not pay and feel wiley enough to win against in court? No Thanks!
So in conclusion, No you cannot get by without paying your rent, at least not for long, and not without a lot of pain!
Now if you are truly in trouble explain this to your landlord without trying to screw him/her over.
Most will do their best to help you out, maybe get you into a less expensive unit or help find some financial aid.
Evictions are painful for landlords too and they don't start their day with the goal of evicting anyone.
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