No one should be evicted during a pandemic.
Despite mounting deaths due to COVID-19 and a federal moratorium on evictions, Detroit’s 36th district court is continuing the violent practice of entering default judgements against tenants.
A default judgment lets your landlord evict you and collect any claimed past-due rent or other relief your landlord asked for in the case.
Default judgements occur if a tenant does not attend their court hearing.
After a default judgement, tenants have 10 days to either 1) move; 2) pay the amount stated by the court (if you owe rent to your landlord); or 3) appeal or file a request for the court to cancel the judgment.
ASSERT YOUR RIGHTS AS A TENANT:
Attend your court hearing
- If your landlord filed an eviction case against you in the 36th district court, you should receive a summons including the date and time of your hearing and instructions for how to attend.
- Your hearing is likely scheduled to take place remotely (online via “Zoom” or by phone, rather than in person).
- Steps for attending a remote court hearing:
- To enter an online “Zoom” courtroom, visit www.zoom.us, click “Join a Meeting,” and enter the meeting ID # on your court summons (or see below).
- Alternatively, you can attend your hearing by phone by calling (929) 436-2866 and entering the meeting ID # on your court summons (or see below).
- You can look up your case online at dapps.36thdistrictcourt.org/ROAWEBINQ/
- You can find your judge’s courtroom at: www.36thdistrictcourt.org/online-services/virtual-court-room
- You have the right to seek legal counsel and apply for rental assistance. At your hearing you can ask the judge for an adjournment (delay) to give you time to do so.
Call (866) 313-2520 or visit DetroitEvictionHelp.com to access free legal counsel and to apply for rental assistance.
Regardless of what happens in court, know that there are people willing to stand with you if you are willing to fight your eviction and keep you and your family safely housed.