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Remove an Eviction From Your Record

When your landlord files an eviction case against you, this becomes a public record. To get the eviction off your record, you will have to get a judge to seal it. This means that the circuit clerk won't let anyone see or know about the eviction case. Even if the renter wins the eviction (or has it dismissed in a settlement) the record of the eviction filing may appear on tenant screening or credit reports. Therefore, if the renter believes that the eviction was filed “without a factual or legal basis” (bad notice, the reason for the landlord’s termination notice is wrong, retaliation, etc.), the renter can negotiate to get the eviction case sealed as part of any agreement. It is still up to the judge to decide, but the landlord can agree to not object to the renter’s “motion” (request) to seal.It is risky to keep an eviction on your record because:It can appear on your credit history;banks and future landlords may blame you for the eviction; and it might be harder for you to get a loan or rent a new apartment.This might happen even if your landlord didn't have a good reason to file an eviction case against you.

Some, but not all courts automatically seal foreclosure-related evictions. If not, you will need to file a motion. This is called a Motion to Seal Court Records.

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