I’m not sure exactly where the phrases come from but here in Vero Beach, Florida if you can’t pay the rent - the landlord serves you with a 3 day notice of eviction. You send the landlord a note stating that you can’t move in such a short time. He sends you via law enforcement a notarized eviction paper giving you 5 days to vacate. You go see a lawyer – legal aid – who shows you how to register a protest or request for delay. One copy goes to the Clerk of the Court, one copy goes via mail to the land lord and you keep a copy. You gain time that way. usually within 2 weeks you get a notice from the court either giving you more time or not. Mostly, giving you more time. You ALSO carefully check original notice for any flaws - like errors in initial security deposit, date served and so on because ANY error can require that the landlord REDO the notice of eviction and RESERVE it which gains you more time. Then you locate a place and move. During this time you are not required to pay rent.
The judge may just toss the notice of eviction out, requiring the landlord to reserve also. The landlord may take you to court over the past due rent. If he takes you to small claims court and wins, there is not much he can do to actually force you to pay him.
You may be evicted at any time of the year in Florida. Your power company may also terminate your service at any time of the year. They are not required to check back on you to determine if you can afford any power at all.
You may live in your house without power, which in the city means no water also. IF a city inspector happens by and discovers this, you will be required to vacate the property as it will be considered unsafe. It is apparently felt that living in a home with no power or water is unhealthy, while living out of one’s car on the street is safer.
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