Sometimes you can stop an eviction before it gets decided at a trial by negotiating a settlement agreement with the landlord. The settlement agreement is sometimes called a "stipulation."
An example of a settlement might be a repayment plan where you agree to pay your monthly rent plus an extra amount each month for back rent. In exchange, the landlord may lower the amount of money that you must pay back and drop the eviction case.
Another way to stop an eviction for nonpayment of rent from happening (even if the landlord still wants to evict you) is to pay to the court:
- all the money you owe the landlord for back rent
- plus the filing fee for the eviction
- plus any fee the landlord paid the sheriff to serve papers to you
IMPORTANT: If you are being evicted and you are trying to settle your case in one of these ways, you should ask a lawyer for help before paying your money to anyone.