Our attorneys have handled a variety of issues and litigation in the U. S Bankruptcy Court over the years. If your tenant files for relief under the U. S. Bankruptcy Code, then an "automatic stay" goes into immediate effect which may prevent you, as landlord, from continuing any efforts to collect unpaid rent or evicting your tenant. What may be needed is obtaining "relief from the automatic stay" from the Bankruptcy Judge. That process usually takes approximately forty-five days. The good news is that the bankruptcy judges will not allow your tenant to remain in the rental unit unless rent is paid. The bad news is that a bankruptcy filing will often delay your recovery of possession of the premises where rent has not been paid and the relief from stay process will entail some additional expense. We will be happy to discuss the options and pros and cons of seeking the assistance of the bankruptcy court in appropriate situations.