Can you share your experience as a homeless person?
As many of you know, I was homeless when I was younger. Life on the streets is hard, harder than you can possibly imagine.The first night was terrifying. I knew I was going to die. I knew I was going to get stabbed by other homeless people for my boots and sleeping bag, and God forbid they discover I had £38 in cash, they would probably slit my throat for that. I was going to get AIDS and I was going to die. It was a certainty.The first time I came across a group of homeless people that night was when I tried to find a place to sleep in an abandoned building. One happened to see me trying to climb through a broken window and told me it was a bad idea. That's where the prostitutes took their punters, and where the local heroin dealers plied their trade. I had no idea about any of this stuff, so I was glad of the advice.The person who told me to stay away from that building told me he and a few other homeless guys had a place in the park nearby and I could come along if I wanted. I knew the park and knew it was open on all sides, so I could get away if anything went sideways, so figured I had nothing to lose.Those guys asked me what happened to make me homeless. I told them exactly what my landlord did. I think they took pity on me as they could see I was scared, and let me know what to expect. I discovered how to apply for council housing, where the nearest soup van was and how often it turned up. They told me where I could find food and some of the things they found useful to survive. They were really nice people, and that surprised me. I didn't feel threatened in their presence, but wasn't ready to stay with them.Let me tell you, that first night was petrifying. Every noise was a threat. Every shadow a murderer. It was the start of the coldest winter on UK record at that time and believe me, I felt every bit of it. I was alone in the world. I was cold and I was scared. I'm not ashamed to admit I cried my eyes out that night and didn't sleep a single second. It was the longest night of my life.Early the next morning I got out of my sleeping bag and packed it away. I had a steely determination to sort everything out. I had been told what to do, I was intelligent and I could figure this out. I wasn't going to to spend another night on the riverbank.Number one on my list was to get a council flat. All I had to do was visit the housing office, declare myself homeless and sign some forms. Surely they could understand that I was young, naïve and desperately vulnerable. It should be enough to get me to the top of the list, or at least into emergency accommodation. Well first I had to find the housing office. I never needed to go there before so I had no idea where it was. Luckily there is a council advice centre in the local shopping centre. I went there, made a quick enquiry and walked to the next town to start the process of getting myself somewhere else to live.I decided on my way there I was going to speak to the police after I had finished at the housing office. I knew they couldn't do anything about the illegal eviction as it was a civil matter, but they would be able to punish my landlord and his mate for threatening me with extreme violence if I didn't leave immediately.I got to the housing office around mid afternoon. It took me a while to find it as I hadn't really been to the next town over much before. Walking in, I took a ticket from the machine on the front desk and waited my turn. I was called up to a private booth within a few hours. I didn't mind the wait as I knew I would get some keys at the end of it.The housing officer asked me loads of questions and gave me stacks of forms to fill out. It took ages. Eventually I was called back to a booth where a different officer looked over everything. He asked me why I left my previous home. I gave him all the details. All he was interested in was that I had left voluntarily. If you make yourself intentionally homeless, regardless of the circumstance, you go straight to the bottom of the list. I tried to plead with him and told him exactly what my landlord said, and how he acted. This guy was huge. Six foot four of bad tempered agressive muscle. I was a 9.5 stone weakling. I am not exaggerating when I say that one punch from this man could easily have killed me. The housing officer didn't care about that. All he kept telling me was that what I was alleging to have happened was illegal and landlords can't evict people without notice, so obviously I had done something wrong to warrant it. I hadn't. I rarely ever spoke to my landlord, and had been paying my rent in full, on time every month. I had never been so much as a day late.I asked to speak to another housing officer as I knew I wasn't getting anywhere with this one. A woman came and sat in front of me and asked me all the same questions, but seemed more willing to listen to me. She said there were other criteria for immediate assistance I might meet so reeled off a few more questions. Was I a drug addict seeking rehab? No. Was I dependent on alcohol? No. Was I disabled or mentally ill? No. Was I an ex offender? No. I didn't fit any profile which mattered. The council had discharged their duty of care by adding me to the waiting list and there was nothing else I could do.Dejected, but more determined than ever to get revenge on my landlord for what he did, I went to the police station next. I told a constable what has transpired and that I wanted to press charges. He didn't care either. The threats, whilst illegal, came down to his word against mine. He was a successful landlord who had evicted me for some reason, I was a homeless guy with a grudge. It was obvious the police were not taking my side and I was wasting my time.I went back to the riverbank.The next morning I met up with the guys from the park. I told them what had happened and they said they weren't surprised. I asked for some more advice. I don't remember what they told me, but I do remember it didn't help.I picked up a free newspaper from one of the stands in the town on my way back from the park to the riverbank. It mentioned that the winter shelter was reopening soon and gave it's address. I was there the day it opened but was already too late, all the rooms were gone. I went there every day for 2 weeks trying to get a room, and eventually got lucky. They had a zero tolerance policy towards drugs and one of the residents had been caught with syringes. He was being kicked out as I arrived. I took his room and stayed there for a week before I was evicted for some made up reason I don't remember.I went back to my friends in the park, but none of them believed I had gotten a room there as they were so difficult to get.A few weeks later, one of the big hospitals in my town closed down for a complete refurbishment. I saw it as a way to move off of the riverbank to somewhere inside. I scoped out the hospital and decided against trying to to sleep inside the main building as I could be found by the workmen and thrown off site. I looked at the external lab buildings but they were either being demolished or had big alarm boxes on the outside. Eventually, at the very far end of the site, I saw what was to become my home for the next several months. It was an abandoned brick shed. It was full to the ceiling with empty cardboard boxes, but best of all, the door could be secured from the inside. I had a roof over my head, it was dry and it was lockable. I made a tunnel through the boxes to the wall furthest from the door and made a little den. There was just enough room for me to sit up in one direction, and lie flat in another. If I was quiet, no one would know I was there.I needed to make it comfortable. I used several thick cardboard boxes to insulate me from the bare concrete base, and took a load of hospital bedding out of a skip on site one evening when the workers had gone home. Piled on top of the cardboard, it was quite comfortable. I already had a sleeping bag, so I slept on top of the sheets in that.That shed probably saved my life.I mentioned the soup kitchen van which came once or twice a week. Well sometimes it didn't come at all. I was already eating out of bins, but I needed that soup as it was the only warm food I could get. Eventually it's funding must have dried up as it stopped coming to altogether. I had also been careless in allowing myself to be seen taking food out of a bin at the back of a bakery, and the bin was locked away. That was the end of the food. I didn't eat for nearly 2 weeks.Something people don't tell you about real hunger is the pain. Being hungry hurts. Being hungry can make you hallucinate. You can die of hunger with a full meal in front of you as you are too weak to eat it. I came very close to starving to death.Someone told me the salvation army give out food, all you have to do is ask. I made my way to the nearest Sally army church and waited until the service was over before asking to see the vicar. He took me to the kitchen and filled a carrier bag with food. I was too dilerious to notice he had given me a frozen loaf of bread and a load of tins I couldn't open as I didn't have a can opener. What it did have was some fruit, a few slices of ham and some biscuits. That carrier bag of food lasted 3 weeks.I was having a conversation with one of the other homeless guys I knew and he told me that the council didn't just offer their own properties, they offered a service to private landlords too. This was later confirmed in a story in one of the free local newspapers, which also mentioned that the council didn't take all the properties offered, despite having a deficit, as they didn't consider some of the accomodation to be suitable. I suddenly had a new mission.I started waking up early, so I could make my way to the housing office and be first in line every day. I stayed there all day,every day for several weeks until I had a lucky break. A middle aged lady came in and I heard her say to the person on the front desk she had some bedsits to offer. They ended up not being suitable, but while she was waiting I struck up a conversation with her. I told her why I was there and what happened to make me homeless. I persuaded her to give me a chance and we filled out the housing benefit forms there and then. She gave me a lift to her bedsits and showed me inside.As I now had an address, on the way to the bedsits we stopped at the benefits agency so I could register for income support. It would be a few days until I received my first payment.As I had not taken off my clothes in many months, I was desperate for a bath. I had to wait a few days as there was no way I was putting my dirty clothes on again. I slept on the floor as I didn't want to get the bed dirty.Once my first payment arrived, I went shopping. I bought fresh socks and pants, a new pair of jeans and a new t-shirt. I also bought the cheapest shampoo and toothpaste they had. I went home, sat in that bath for hours and fell asleep in a warm, comfortable bed for the first time in months. The next morning I put on my fresh clothes and haven't looked back since.
Where do I get a 30 day eviction notice to evict someone from my house?
Hi, You want to evict someone from your house So you need 30 day eviction notice. These are generally reserved for month-to-month tenants. This informs the tenant that his/her lease is being terminated, and that he/she has 30 calendar days to vacate. If the tenant fails to vacate, the landlord can then initiate eviction proceedings by serving a 5-Day Notice of Unlawful Detainer, or file a complaint for summary eviction. Some days before one of my friend faced some problem in Las Vegas by landlords and by the help of Rocket Eviction, his problem solved. They provide quick, efficient Nevada eviction services for apartment complex owners, high-rise condominium owners and other multi-family rentals in Clark County, Nevada. Thanks.
Can I file an eviction notice after a 30-day notice to vacate the property?
Read your local city or state landlord tenant law. They will outline the eviction process in detail for you. You should read and know them all anyways if you are renting property, to protect yourself from costly mistakes.In many areas, it is actually quite easy to do yourself, at the local court, but you do have to follow each step perfectly, or you might have your case thrown out.In some areas, there is a law firm that specializes in this. In Phoenix, where I do business, there is firm that does it for like $150 or something. At that price, I used them, even though I know how to do it myself, because it wasn’t worth my time to drive across town two or three times to file and go to court in the proper local court, 25 miles from where I live.
Do I still have to file for eviction if the tenant is incarcerated for 30 days after receiving a 3 day eviction notice?
First, you really need to take a property management class so you can learn the laws in your state/county/city and how to handle these types of issues if you are going to be renting property. A class will also teach you some court precedents that aren’t necessarily defined in the law for property management in your state.It depends on how long the tenant is going to be incarcerated for in the long run. Check with your state laws, with 30 days you may be able to use abandonment, but would have to have done the proper notices at the proper times for that as well. It would save you the eviction fees if it was an option, but you have to be proactive in your notices. You have to deal with these issues as they unfold rather than after the fact.Have a local attorney that specials in property/real estate that you can work with regularly for when cases get complicated. Eviction is still a valid option if they have already gotten out of jail and are back in the unit, but can often be avoided with conversations about how leaving on their own will save themselves costs of eviction and prevent having an eviction on their rental history.
How can I fight a three day eviction notice with false reasons to evict on it?
A 3 day eviction is unreasonable, and probably against your lease terms if you have one. Also, to legally evict a tenant it has to go through the court system. This can take from 30–90 day’s to do so. Your landlord cannot force you out, throw your personal items out of the unit, or threaten you in any way. What I would do is not answer his/her calls, knocks on the door etc. Let them go through the system if the want you out. If in fact you feel that you are being evicted for no good reason, wait till the court date set up (30–90 day’s)and explain your situation to the judge.
Do I have to give a 30-day notice of eviction to a rogue tenant?
Some questions need a lawyer to answer, and this is one. If this person is a squatter, guest of a tenant or simple trespasser—if he has possession(ie: keys, utilities,etc.), or lives with someone who does, my experience is yes, you have to evict. The notice in my area is less than 30 days, but it requires a formal, legal eviction. A word to the wise: evictions are time consuming and expensive. I might offer to pay him to leave, the old “cash for keys” routine. It will save time, money and heartache. Don’t pay until he’s out and you have some written agreement he won’t come back.
How do I kick out my adult son who is playing video games all day, has no job, is living with his girlfriend in the basement, doesn't do chores, is living rent free, and eating us out of the house?
Oh good lord.Did you think that buying him every video game he wants, or that smart phone he texts his friends with, that by osmosis he’ll learn the value of hard work and self-determination?Did you think that by providing him with a semi-private man cave that he’ll learn the joys of walking in the world with his peers?Did you honestly believe that by letting his girlfriend move into your home, also rent-free most likely, that he’d be motivated to move out so he can spend time with his girlfriend without the prying eyes of his parents?When did you magically expect your son to grow a backbone, when you obviously haven’t provided the means for him to do so?Sure. At age eighteen, the law recognizes him as an adult. But you haven’t. You continue to treat him like a child, and therefore he has the idea that he is a child.This mess is entirely on you, and you must fix it. And since he is 25, it is all the more urgent because this is the time when his brain is making it’s final adjustments in understanding decision making.As I said in Beth Turnage's answer to What should I do about my 20-year-old son who doesn't work, sleeps until past noon every day, and verbally disrespects me by calling me dumb and stupid? I'm divorced and struggle daily. He is killing me.:Sit down with your son when you are both calm. This may be difficult, because his video game addiction takes up all his time, and when he’s not playing, he’s jonesing (as we used to say) from not playing. And BTW, yes, you have every right to feel guilty about this because you didn’t put the appropriate guidelines in place when he started playing video games. But hey, a whole generation of parents are guilty of this so you aren’t alone.Before you sit down with him, write a list of three things you expect him to do. Now this is between you and him but I suggest the following:1.) Get a job.2.) Go to school.3.) Pay one half of his earnings for rent. (The other half goes for school expenses,)Now for the sit down.Tell him that you don’t know where the time went, but you suddenly realized that he is a man now, and that you aren’t doing him any favors by treating him like a child. Apologize for treating him like a child. You were silly and perhaps a bit selfish for doing so, because you love him and didn’t want him to move away. And this you realize now is bad, because it robs him of the wonderful things about being adult. You can’t allow this to happen anymore.Then you calmly tell him that you don’t care what he does all day, except he must do these three things. If not, three months from today, you will have the sheriff remove him. (You may have to get legal advice about the eviction process in your state.)For as long as he goes to school and gets training for a career then you won’t kick him out. You do, however, expect him to pay rent, so sorry, not sorry, this is the price he pays for failing to get himself out the door in the first place.Tell him to help him out you will do your part and not coddle him as a child.You will not give him money.You will not let him use the car.You will not make him dinner.You will not do his laundry.You will no longer buy the special snacks and drinks he likes. You will keep a big jar of peanut butter in the fridge and keep the bread stocked just because you have a mother’s heart and don’t want to see him starve.He is now responsible for himself, except for housing which you’ll help out with, until he gets on his feet.Don’t debate any of this. Just leave the table and don’t discuss it anymore. Don’t nag, suggest, whine or plead. He is an adult and needs to pick up his own slack (and underwear and socks.)If he doesn’t move the needle, in three months evict him.And I’ll add, for the girlfriend, she needs to get a job and contribute. If she doesn’t, send her home to her parents.Good luck. You’re going to need it.
How long can you typically go without paying your apartment rent if you got a 3 days notice to pay the rent or get out?
The land lord has to go to court to throw you out, (actually, to enter your apartment, and to remove everything in it and put it at the side of the street).The pay or quit notice tells you when that will happen, usually 30 days. So if he goes to court, and if the court grants him possession, he can do that after court. `However if you are duely summonsed, and you do not show up, the judge has a choice to go ahead anyway (if he has reason to believe that you could have been there, and are just stalling), or to give you a continuance, another court date in 30 days. If you do get the continuance, you will still be made to pay, but you have another 30 days before they come to move your stuff out, and yes you will have to pay the next rent due, as well. The judge can grant another continuance if he feels that either party has a good reason to get one. But this is less common. And if he gets the feeling that one party is stalling (usually the tenan) he will make his judgement in your absence.So you have longer than three days, but after three days the landlord will request the court date and for you to be summonsed.And this will go on your credit record. It would be better business, and protect your credit rating if you pay the rent now using a credit card, and pay the card back when you get the money that you expect. If you are not regular in your payment of the rent, the next landlord may not want you as a tenant.Good luck.
Does a tenant need to give 30 day notice to vacate during the eviction process?
As with all legal answers, the law is different in every jurisdiction, so no one here will be able to give you a definitive answer.In most jurisdictions, if the rental agreement is silent, and if the tenant has already been advised to leave, they are under no further obligation to provide a date at which they are going to leave, they are expected to vacate immediately. Now, it's clear with this tenant that they want to extend their unwelcome stay as long as possible, so the eviction hearing is appropriate."Consistent late payments" is interesting. Is this something that is part of your rental agreement? If not, it should be. In other words, you should have something like "Consistent late payments shall be defined as X or more late payments in a Y-month period, holidays and office closures notwithstanding" (you define X and Y). Hopefully, it's already in your contract.Anyway, if your tenant vacates before the eviction hearing can take place, your eviction hearing will usually just be converted to a breach of contract case, and you can use it to collect any back rent due, or any damages to the unit, and any other expenses that the pre-eviction vacation caused. You will have to use the hearing to collect any rent due caused by the tenant living in the unit beyond the rental period, as I'm certain the tenant will not pay rent when there is no contract.You have notified the tenant as required by statute that you will not be continuing the periodic lease. Failure to vacate is proper grounds for eviction.