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How many times can you petition the court for more time concerning eviction? I am going through the "system" in order to get help but it's taking a long time. I just asked the court for more time and was given a date of the 30th to come and show the court why I need more time. My concern is that I will need more time after that because this whole process is not streamlined at all so it takes months longer than necessary. Are Judges willing to let tenants get as much time as needed as long as they are showing verifiable "just cause"?
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Good afternoon. I certainly understand the situation and your concern. The Judge is going to balance your request against the landlord and his/her needs as well. If a tenant is living in a rental property and the rent is not being paid, the landlord is being prejudiced. The landlord needs to be able to find a new tenant and when the current tenant is there, it is hard to do. If there is prejudice to the landlord, your request would be denied. You certainly need to show good cause but also need to be specific as to what you situation is, who you are dealing with, what help you are getting and why it is taking so long. Moreover, you need to request the time and explain to the Judge why you need this. Eventually, the Judge is going to deny your request, seeing how the landlord is having someone stay in their property and not pay rent.

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