Why should I pay a judgment?
- Improve your credit.
- Avoid having money taken from your wages or bank account.
- Avoid termination from the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.
How do I pay a judgment?
- Determine the exact amount owed. Sometimes you owe more than the judgment because the landlord paid writ fees to evict you—usually $130. Sometimes you owe less than the judgment because you made payments, the landlord deducted your security deposit or the landlord agreed to accept a reduced payment.
- Get on a Payment Plan. If you cannot pay in full, contact the landlord to get on a written payment plan. The plan should state the amount owed, how much you will pay and how often.
- Send money. Send money orders to the landlord at the address on the court papers. Keep your money order receipts.
What do I do after I pay a judgment?
- Contact the landlord’s lawyer. Show proof that you paid the judgment and ask the lawyer to mark the judgment satisfied.
- Contact the landlord. Ask the landlord to sign an Order to Mark Judgment Satisfied (download sample). Then, file it in Municipal Court at 1339 Chestnut Street, 10th Floor.
- File a Petition to Satisfy if the landlord will not sign an Order to Mark Judgment Satisfied.
- Go to Municipal Court at 1339 Chestnut Street, 10th floor.
- Ask to File a Petition to Satisfy. You will need proof of all payments you made after the date of the judgment.
- Ask to File a Petition to Proceed In Forma Pauperis (IFP). If the IFP is granted, you will not have to pay filing fees. Download IFP here.
- Choose type of service. Pay a service fee or choose private service, which means a person over 21 and not a family member must serve the court papers on the landlord.