Did you get an eviction notice in Utah? Here’s what you need to know:

Various government agencies and non-profit groups are available to help people at risk of eviction.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) People protest the possible eviction of tenants at 379 E 1st Ave (Hawthorne House) in Salt Lake City on Saturday, August 15, 2020. There are ways a tenant can challenge an eviction notice, but experts say time is of the essence.

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As evictions mount after rent relief ends during the pandemic, more and more people are at risk of losing their roofs.

If you’ve received a notice of termination or a subpoena and complaint, it’s important to seek help quickly, tenant attorneys told The Salt Lake Tribune.

Various state agencies and nonprofit groups are available to help, whether you’ve been told you have three days to fix or get out, or face an eviction lawsuit.

Here you can find more information about what you can do at the different stages of the process and who can help you.

An eviction notice is the landlord’s first step in the eviction process. It tells the tenants that they must move out, otherwise an eviction notice will be issued. It can give you a chance to fix the problem, e.g. B. paying the rent or complying with the rules of your lease instead of moving out.

Each notice has a deadline for compliance. The deadlines vary depending on the reason for the notification:

  • Three business days for non-payment of rent. Weekends and public holidays are not included.

  • Three calendar days for a criminal offence, tortious business, harassment, subletting, breach of lease or waste.

  • Fifteen calendar days if you don’t renew the lease.

  • Five calendar days for any reason when there is no formal rental agreement between the landlord and tenant.

The day a tenant receives notice of termination is considered Day Zero, according to the Utah courts. This means that someone who receives a three-day notice on Monday has until Thursday to comply.

When people receive the notice, they have several options.

For one, they can fix the problem in the message.

When it comes to non-payment of rent, several organizations can help.

Utah Community Action and YWCA Utah are two options for low-income people. Utah Community Action can be reached by phone or email at 801-359-2444 and info@utahca.org. YWCA is available for general inquiries at 801-537-8604 and info@ywcautah.org or in a crisis at 801-537-8600 and sponsors@ywcautah.org.

For other options, see slc.gov/housingstability/resources-for-rental-assistance-and-eviction-prevention and call 211 or 211utah.org.

If the report is a breach of lease, the renter can fix the problem and give the landlord written notice of what they did.

Tenants can also try to come to an agreement with their landlord through a mediator – a neutral person who tries to help find a solution.

Mediators are available through various services:

Tenants can also move out or attempt to contest the lawsuit. However, this could mean owing hundreds or thousands in additional rents, fees, and fines if the landlord wins.

If tenants fail to comply with an eviction notice, landlords can file an eviction lawsuit in court.

Tenants then receive a subpoena informing them of their rights and a complaint detailing the reason for the eviction. After receiving the subpoena, they have three business days to respond.

Some organizations have legal help and advice for submitting a response:

For more advice for people on what to do and steps in the process see utcourts.gov/en/self-help/categories/housing/landlord/eviction-tenant.html. This information is available in Spanish at utcourts.gov/es/self-help/categories/housing/landlord/eviction-tenant.html.

Renters can also find eviction prevention information at hud.gov/states/utah/renting/evictionprevention, but there are also references to emergency rent relief, which can no longer be applied for. This website is available in Spanish.

Justin Scaccy

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