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Can you tell me what the reason was that you filed to evict them? (late rent?)
Have you actually gotten a writ of possession yet to have the Marshall come and physically evict them?
Or is this what the next hearing is for?
Or did they file a motion to have the eviction postponed due to their problem in finding housing?
What does you doing repairs to the property have to do with the eviction?
Ok, if they have violated the lease by failing to pay and damaging the property, then the fact that they can't find another place to take them shouldn't' prevent you from moving forward. It is not your fault that they are bad tenants and no one wants them and their children..
So you need to strenuously object to any motion for a stay because they have essentially created their own problem by living the way that they live. This is the way the system works for people on public benefits...the agencies that pay their bills expect the landlord to give them a nice place to stay despite the fact that they live like animals and have no respect for the landlord's property.
I speak from 26 years experience as a landlord and I refuse to rent to these type of people on public assistance because they have zero respect for the property and tend to be filthy and end up costing more in the long run in repairs and stress..
But as for closing the dwelling, it is unlikely that the judge would allow you to just put them out and much more likely that you would be required to put them up in a nice hotel until repairs were made and they could move back in..
So you need to focus on getting them out of the property and explain to the judge how they have treated the place and that they have created the conditions that they are now complaining about and forcing you to have to come in and repair..
SSI is for impoverished individuals, but it it just a payment to them and doesn't normally involve an individual caseworker. So that must be through the CPS system and they may be thinking about removing the children from the home if the mother is not taking care of them..
But regardless, that legally is not your problem. You have a contract with them that the tenant has violated and you are entitled to enforce the contract and force them out of the property so you can make repairs and move on to a hopefully better tenant..
So push the judge to reject any stay as their problems being forced on you when you have no legal duty to solve the tenant's issues...