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What if I don't go to my eviction hearing?

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What if I don't go to my eviction hearing?
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What if I don't go to my eviction hearing?
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July 2, 2020
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Important COVID-19 update about the Landlord and Tenant Board
The LTB is holding most hearings remotely, by phone, video, or in writing. Some people have had trouble connecting to remote hearings. If you have a video hearing scheduled, download Microsoft Teams ahead of time and make sure your setup is working.

There have also been reports that it can take a long time to get through to the LTB by phone. If you need help right away, contact a lawyer or your local community legal clinic.

If you don't go to the hearing, you will not have the chance to tell your side. Even if the Board only hears from your landlord, they can still make a decision about your case. The Board will then send printed copies of their decision to you and your landlord. The Board's decision is called an order.

If you don’t go to the hearing, the Board will probably make an order to evict you.

An eviction order will usually have wording like "The tenancy between the Landlord and the Tenants is terminated, as of [date]. The Tenants must move out of the rental unit on or before [date]."

If you've decided to move, try to do so before the day that the Board has ordered you to move out. This is sometimes called the termination date and is usually on the last page of the order. After the termination date, your landlord can get a court official called the Sheriff to physically evict you.

If you do not want to move, you must do something about the eviction order right away.

Some things you might be able to do are:

  • pay the money you owe, if the eviction is because you owe rent
  • ask the Board to review or reconsider the decision
  • ask a court to change the decision
  • ask your landlord to agree to let you stay

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