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Fighting an eviction

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Your belongings

If you are evicted by the Sheriff, you have only 72 hours (3 full days) to take your belongings. This rule applies even over a weekend or a holiday. During those 72 hours, your landlord must keep your things in or near your place, and must let you get them any time between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

But if you move out after the Board makes an eviction order but before the Sheriff comes to change the locks, the law is not clear about whether you have 72 hours to get your things out of your place. So try to take everything with you.

If you move out at any other time, for example, after getting a notice from your landlord, you must take all your things with you when you move. Your landlord can sell, keep, give away, or throw out anything you leave behind, even if you leave it behind for only one day.