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My landlord wants to evict me and I got a Notice of Hearing. What are my options before the hearing?

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My landlord wants to evict me and I got a Notice of Hearing. What are my options before the hearing?
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My landlord wants to evict me and I got a Notice of Hearing. What are my options before the hearing?
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December 31, 2015
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When a landlord wants to evict someone, usually the first step is to give them a written notice.

This first notice should have a name that starts with Notice to End Your Tenancy. It may have one of these numbers at the top: N4, N5, N6, N7, N8, N12, or N13.

If you receive a Notice of Hearing along with an Application to Evict a Tenant, it means your landlord has taken the next step. Your landlord has asked the Landlord and Tenant Board to hold a hearing to decide if you should be evicted.

There are things you might be able to do before the hearing. These include:

  • if the application is about rent, pay what your landlord says you owe
  • try to settle the case by making an agreement with your landlord
  • have a mediator help you and your landlord make an agreement
  • find out if you have a good case to dispute the eviction

You might be able to stop the eviction process without having a hearing. If your landlord is trying to evict you because you haven't paid rent, you can stop the process by paying what you owe plus the filing fee your landlord paid to the Board.

You can also try talking with your landlord before the hearing. Depending on the type of issue you're having, there may be people you can ask to help you talk with your landlord. See Step 2 for more information.

If you go to your eviction hearing, it is usually a good idea to try to talk to your landlord in Board mediation before the hearing starts.

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