If we have been evicted and have to leave by the end f the month but have no place to go yet, can we stay longer?

I just had surgery and am only able to lie down. I have an open wound and require daily nursing visits to change my wound packing. Is there any way we can stay here longer?

Asked on July 25, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Illinois

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

No, as harsh as it sounds, your medical or other issues do not give you any right to remain in the landlord's property; the landlord is not required by law to act as your support during your time of need or to otherwise compromise the landlord's rights and interests. If you have been evicted, you have to go even if you have nowhere else to go to; while nothing prevents you from talking to the landlord and seeing if he/she will agree to let you stay longer (presumably, if you keep paying rent and make up at least part of any prior rent shortage), it is voluntary on the landlord's part whether to do this--he or she would freely refuse to allow you any extra time.


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