What should I do to prepare for an eviction hearing?
Question & AnswerWhat should I do to prepare for an eviction hearing?
1. Get legal help
It’s important to try to get legal help as soon as possible. If you leave this until the last minute, the Board might not give you extra time to look for help.
Here are some places to look for help to prepare for your Board hearing:
If you have a low income, you can call your local community legal clinic and try to make an appointment to discuss your situation. Be sure to tell the clinic that you have an eviction against you.
If you can’t get help from a community legal clinic, you can contact the Law Society Lawyer Referral Service for a free half hour consultation with a lawyer or licensed paralegal. Or you can contact JusticeNet, a non-profit organization that can connect you with a lawyer or licensed paralegal who has agreed to work for reduced fees.
If you live in a city where there is a Board regional office, and you can’t find legal help, you may be able to speak to Tenant Duty Counsel. But they are usually busy helping tenants who have eviction hearings that day and they might not have time to talk to you.
The Landlord and Tenant Board website has some information that can help you be prepared for the hearing.