Your landlord can try to evict you, but there must be a court judgment first. Unless your landlord wins in court, they must not remove your things from the apartment or change the locks, even if you owe back rent.
Can my landlord evict me?
Yes, but your landlord must get the court’s permission first. You will get notice of the court hearing and an opportunity to respond. Unless the court agrees with the eviction, your landlord must not
- lock you out of your home,
- shut off your heat or lights, or
- make you leave before the court decides your case.
If you don’t want to leave, follow the steps below to try to stop the eviction.
How would I know if my landlord wants to evict me?
If your landlord wants to evict you, you may get a Kapa Notice or a Notice to Quit.
A Kapa Notice Notice (also called a Notice Pursuant to C.G.S. § 47a-15) is an informal warning letter that
- explains what you did wrong, and
- tells you to stop or to pay for damages you caused within 15 days.
If you get a notice like this, try talking to your landlord about the problem. If you fixed the problem within fifteen days, make sure to get as much proof as you can. For example, if you hired someone to fix damage or you bought the parts to fix damage yourself, keep the receipts. If the landlord says you allowed someone to live with you who was not allowed to live there, get proof that the person lived somewhere else.
If the problem is not solved within 15 days, your landlord may send you a Notice to Quit.
A Notice to Quit is a legal document that asks you to leave by a certain date because
- you did not pay your rent;
- your landlord did not agree that you could live there;
- you broke your lease or the law (for example, you sold drugs there or damaged the apartment); or
- your landlord wants to end your month-to-month lease or your lease has ended. (Your landlord must not make you leave if your lease has not ended.)
Important! You do not have to leave on the date listed on the Notice to Quit. The Notice to Quit looks like this.
What should I do if I get a Kapa Notice or a Notice to Quit?
Note: If a housing authority wants to evict you, send a letter to the manager or director asking for a hearing. Keep a copy of the letter.