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Top Ten Housing Myths


1. The court won't evict me in bad weather, or won't evict me because I have children.
Wrong. You can be evicted in bad weather or if you have children.

2. The court won't evict me if I have a disability.
Wrong. With few exceptions, the court can evict someone who has a disability, even if it means they will be homeless.

3. The eviction process takes three months.
Wrong. Most evictions take only a few weeks or less.

4. My landlord has to give me 30 days’ notice before an eviction is started.
Wrong. In most cases, the landlord has to give you only three days’ notice in the Notice to Quit before giving you court papers.

5. A landlord can refuse to take my Section 8 voucher.
Wrong. A landlord cannot refuse to take a Section 8 voucher or other type of rental assistance. Connecticut law says that a landlord's refusal of Section 8 may be illegal "source of income" discrimination.

6. My landlord can't evict me if I withhold my rent in order to force him to make repairs.
Wrong. If you don’t pay your rent, you can be evicted. Instead, you can pay your rent to the court and file a tenant complaint action.

7. If I don't have a written lease, then I don't have a lease at all.
Wrong. A lease doesn't have to be in writing. Many renters have month-to-month oral leases, which are just as valid as written leases.

8. My landlord doesn't have to give me a receipt if I pay my rent in cash.
Wrong. If you pay your rent in cash, the landlord must give you a receipt.

9. My landlord can lock me out if I don’t pay my rent.
Wrong. It is illegal for the landlord to lock you out or remove your belongings without a court order. If you don’t pay your rent, the landlord can evict you but he must go through the court to do it. Even if the landlord has a court order to evict you, only a state marshal can remove your belongings from the apartment.

10. A landlord can refuse to rent to me because she has a "no children" policy.
Wrong. A landlord's refusal to rent to a family with children may be illegal discrimination on the basis of familial status.

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