My question involves an eviction in the state of: PA
I am a business owner and two year residential tenant in a duplex. Today is January 16th of 2010. In November and December of 2009 I was 14 days late on my rent. I have not been late prior to that. The current landlord is a new owner that took over the property in June of 2009.
The reason for my lateness is not relevant here but I did make my landlord aware of an incident that has had a dramatic impact on my financial situation. This was done in both writing and face-to face. I am basically caught in a limbo of looking for a job in a tough economy. Its going slow. For both Nov and December I made my payments with the requisite late fee. I have had some issues with child support and have been playing a juggling act. Hard times are not unheard of an I am not complaining. Its just taking some time to sort out. I have a good credit history and I am responsible.
Today I received an eviction notice for "habitual lateness". I'm embarassed, mortified and of course worried.
• What is habitual lateness?
• Can I fight this eviction?
• Will filing bankruptcy stop the proceedings?
• My lease has a clause of 45 days notice to eviction. Can this be accelerated by the landlord if I do not make any more payments?