I'd find out what your state landlord/tenant laws are. So sorry to hear about your loss. Wish I could be more help to you on this. If you are only late for this month, why is your landlord so anxious to evict you?
I agree w/knutters...if you're only late for one month why is he so anxious to evict you? However, your landlord may have other plans for your living space and saw his window of opportunity to evict you. I can see him evicting you for repeat lateness, but for 1 month? That really would make him a hard-hearted, pompous ass! Are we seeing the whole story here???