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Yes your idea is sound. The fact that she is in legal possession of that apartment means that they have to evict her and that will take some time. My guess is at least two weeks. Plus, if she shows that she is making an honest effort to move as quickly as possible, they may not even file for eviction. They won't want to spend the money if it isn't necessary.
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Do you have any suggestions with approaching the current landlord and asking for some type of repreieve maybe paying reduced rent while waiting for new apartment?
I would approach them now and offer to pay a full months rent for March now. Having evidence that she has an apartment to go to on April 1 should help. You might contact a local attorney about the time frame for eviction in your area. It can vary a great deal from court to court in the same county. I hope that this is helpful.
What you're telling me is that your friend does not have enough money to offer to pay a full months rent for March. Is there any chance she can get the ex boyfriend to contribute something? She might try going to a Township Trustee type official who has relief funds available for families in emergencies. They will very often provide money for temporary shelter for people in her situation. Legally, the landlord is entitled to possession of the apartment on March 1. Only a local lawyer can tell you if there is a chance of stalling them long enough to get her moved. I'll be frank, the fact that she is not a tenant on the lease, and has insufficient funds to pay March rent is not promising. I'm sorry that I cannot tell you the exact number of days that you may be able to get for her By going to court and opposing an eviction suit.