You may have heard that a bankruptcy can stop the eviction, but it only delays the process. Federal Bankruptcy law automatically “stays” [stops] an eviction action. However, the over-use of bankruptcy to stall evictions has caused the Bankruptcy Courts to create a special process to quickly reinstate the eviction.

Consequently, if a tenant were to file a bankruptcy with the intent to delay the eviction, the stay could be “lifted” within as little as 2 weeks, and probably less than 4 weeks, and you’re back where you were.

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