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I’VE LOST INCOME BECAUSE OF COVID-19.

HOW CAN I GET A DELAY IN MY EVICTION CASE?

 

In April 2020, Virginia passed emergency measures to help tenants who have lost income during the COVID-19 emergency and are being sued for eviction based on unpaid rent. Because of that, many tenants may be able to get a 60-day delay in their court case.

 

Are you eligible to delay your eviction case?

  • Did you lose income between March 12 and June 10, 2020?
  • Do you have a first court date for an eviction case (and “unlawful detainer”) scheduled for September 10 or earlier?

If you meet both of those requirements, you may be able to get a 60-day delay in your case.

 

What do I need to do to get the 60-day delay?

  1. Show up to your first court date
  2. Bring written proof that you lost income between March 12 and June 10
  1. Ask the judge for a 60-day “continuance”

 

Are there other laws that can protect me from eviction during this crisis?

Depending on your situation or the property you live in, you may be eligible for other protections from eviction. For example, if you live in federally subsidized housing or in a property with a federally backed mortgage, the federal CARES Act may protect you from eviction for unpaid rent until August 25.

 

For free information and legal advice from an attorney about your case, call our intake number at 540-344-2080 for an appointment, or call the Eviction Legal Helpline (833-NoEvict).

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