How Long Do You Have to Move After an Eviction Notice?

By Lainie Petersen
You, an Eviction Notice

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An eviction notice doesn't mean you have to lose your home right away. Every state has different laws regarding evictions, but there are several steps in the eviction process that can take weeks, or even months to complete.


Eviction is the legal process by which a landlord removes a tenant from her property.

Quit Notice

Before she can evict you, your landlord has to give you a "quit notice" that lets you know her intentions. The quit notice may give you anywhere from five to 10 days to correct a problem (such as late rent) and avoid eviction altogether.

Court Summons

After he schedules an eviction hearing, your landlord must have you served (by a sheriff’s deputy or process server) with a summons to appear in court.

Your Day in Court

You have a right to a hearing before a judge. Even if your landlord wins, the judge may give you some extra time before the eviction order can be enforced.

Sheriff's Notice

If the judge has approved the eviction, the sheriff will send you notice that her deputies will be out to evict you, usually within a matter of days.

About the Author

Lainie Petersen writes about business, real estate and personal finance, drawing on 25 years experience in publishing and education. Petersen's work appears in Money Crashers, Selling to the Masses, and in Walmart News Now, a blog for Walmart suppliers. She holds a master's degree in library science from Dominican University.

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