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You may be able to request leave from the appellate court for leave to file your appeal. Unfortunately, although you may have had a good chance at arguing that the eviction was untimely and not appropriate given the circumstances, your failure to appear in court and plead your case has removed your ability to be heard on the matter.
Who did you ask for a continuance from? Was it from the attorney or the court. Did anyone agree to give you a continuance?
We asked our attorney to file a continuance with the court after receiving the main eviction filing. I was already scheduled for surgery that day. I asked him by e-mail, no confirmation, phone messages, no confirmations, and finally the day before the scheduled hearing, I demanded to stay on the line until he came to the phone to get an answer. They said they would have it pulled from the docket.
After not hearing anything from their office for a week, I made an appointment where they informed me that apparently the hearing went on as scheduled despite them sending a letter to the judge. A Notice of Possession had been granted to the owners which gave us 10 days to appeal along with 3 months rent in advance. This was day 9 and I had no time to think yet alone come up with $7,500.
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