Imagine standing on a financial tightrope, the rope of eviction and bankruptcy. The drop to either side is steep. It’s intimidating.

You’re struggling to balance unpaid rent arrears with looming debts, all while trying not to fall into an abyss of eviction or bankruptcy. Can you relate?

We get it; nobody wants this struggle – the endless cycle of dodging landlord calls, the anxiety when mail arrives… but here’s where we come in.

This post unravels how these two seemingly catastrophic events can actually work together as safety nets. How? Stay tuned for a surprising revelation that might just bring relief amidst chaos.

We’ll also highlight potential legal strategies and illustrate how filing bankruptcy at just the right time could be your lifeboat during stormy seas.

Understanding Eviction and Bankruptcy

Let’s review eviction and bankruptcy in New York, focusing on how these two legal processes interact and affect tenants facing financial hardship.

The Role of Bankruptcy in Evictions

Filing for bankruptcy has the potential to halt an ongoing eviction process. But this only works if your landlord hasn’t already obtained an eviction judgment or possession order. In fact, most states mandate that landlords win their eviction case in state court before proceeding with actual evictions.

But why does filing for bankruptcy affect evictions? It’s due to something called ‘automatic stay’ which comes into play when you file a bankruptcy case. This automatic stay acts like a protective shield – it momentarily halts any collection activities, including eviction actions.

In essence, as long as no prior judgement on your eviction lawsuit exists at the time of filing bankruptcy, you might get some breathing room thanks to this powerful tool known as automatic stay. It may not sound like much but believe me; those few additional days can make all the difference.

Note: Always remember – timing matters. If possible aim to file your Chapter 7 or 13 before receiving notice about pending eviction from your landlord.

The Automatic Stay in Bankruptcy

An automatic stay is like hitting pause on your eviction case. Once you file your bankruptcy petition with the bankruptcy court, this powerful tool kicks into action. It’s essentially a legal barrier that prevents creditors from continuing collection activities – including evictions.

Limitations of Automatic Stay in Evictions

The protective shield provided by an automatic stay isn’t invincible though; there are some limitations to keep in mind.

If landlords have already received a judgment before you filed for bankruptcy or if they accuse you of using illegal drugs on their property, they may still proceed with eviction. In such cases, landlords often ask the court’s permission to lift the automatic stay and continue with eviction proceedings – requests that bankruptcy judges usually grant.

Also worth noting: if you’ve been through multiple bankruptcies within one year prior to your current filing, it could limit how long (or even whether) the automatic stays apply at all. Remember our first key stat? Chapter 7 and 13 filings can temporarily halt evictions but only when used wisely.

To navigate these complexities successfully requires more than just cursory knowledge about laws around bankruptcies and evictions—it needs expertise. So consider seeking advice from professionals who understand both sides well—like us here at The Law Office of William Waldner.

Legal Help for Eviction and Bankruptcy

Facing eviction can be a daunting experience, yet having access to the expertise of legal professionals specializing in bankruptcy law offers comfort. Professional bankruptcy attorneys are ready to help when you’re grappling with unpaid rent and the threat of losing your home.

Role of Bankruptcy Attorneys in Eviction Cases

The first thing a good bankruptcy attorney will tell you is to act quickly. Filing for bankruptcy before your landlord gets an eviction judgment can make all the difference. 

Your bankruptcy attorney will also give you some confidence as you navigate this process. You’ll have someone watching out for you, and you’ll feel good knowing that you’re able to stay in your home while you await bankruptcy relief. 

Managing Rent Payments During Bankruptcy

Paying rent during bankruptcy proceedings may feel like juggling knives while walking on a tightrope – scary and almost impossible. Thankfully, certain types of bankruptcies offer some respite.

Key Stat:If temporary relief is what you need, Chapter 7 could be right up your alley as it allows tenants time to get back on their feet financially or find new housing options without facing immediate eviction.

Chapter 13 filing, on the other hand, offers long-term solace. It gives filers a chance to catch up on past due rent through structured payment plans which would mean keeping their homes despite financial hardships.


Life on the financial tightrope of eviction and bankruptcy is tough. But remember, you’re not alone.

Understand that filing for bankruptcy can be a powerful tool to halt an eviction temporarily. However, it is essential to be prompt.

A bankruptcy’s automatic stay provides temporary relief, but its power has limits. You’ve learned that landlords often ask the court to lift this stay – and they usually succeed.

You now know how vital legal help is in navigating these rough waters. Bankruptcy attorneys can guide you through your rights and obligations under complex laws while managing rent payments during bankruptcy.

The key takeaway? Knowledge equips us with strategies when facing financial hardship – never underestimate its power! Schedule a consultation with The Law Office of William Waldner to learn more about your options for staying in your home while you file bankruptcy