Evictions 101

Evictions are a tricky topic! Here are some of the common reasons that a landlord can evict a tenant for, as well as some thoughts about how to start the process.

Common Reasons to Evict My Tenant:

  • Failure to pay rent

You own and rent a property with the expectation that you’ll get a rent check every month. If you don’t get paid, you’re sacrificing the cash flow and return on your investment.

  • Violation of lease agreement

The lease agreement is the rule and roadmap to the relationship with your tenant. If the tenant violates the lease, this may be grounds for an eviction. Common violations can include subletting the property or having pets when the lease prohibits this.

  • Property damage

Hey, it’s your property. The tenant isn’t allowed to destroy it! 

  • Illegal activity

Selling illegal drugs [on your property] isn’t cool. This could be a reason to start the eviction process.

  • Breaking occupancy, noise, or health ordinances

Yes, your tenant has to abide by city, county, state and federal rules, just like the rest of us! If they break the rules, it may actually get you in trouble.

Okay, I Need to Evict My Tenant…Now What?

There are many reasons to evict your tenant. At the same time, there are many rules and laws you need to abide by as you begin the eviction process. Always consult with an attorney to make sure you’re doing things by the book. Every state has rules for when to provide an eviction notice, when the court process begins, and how communication should be handled. If you fail to follow the law, it may mean the eviction takes weeks longer than planned, you’ll have to pay more fees to the courts and lawyers, and potentially that you lose the eviction case. Doing everything by the book is incredible important.

That being said, there are some ‘no-no’s’ in the eviction world. You may want to do one [or all] of these, but these are not smart ideas. Things you shouldn’t do:

  • Forcibly remove your tenants
  • Harass or intimidate your tenants, either physically or verbally
  • Take your tenant’s possession out of the property
  • Change the locks
  • Or, add additional locks/padlocks to the door
  • Remove doors or windows
  • Cut off the utilities

Some of these options might seem like great ideas, but they’re only going to set you back. Remember, your goal is to have a good paying tenant in the property. Follow the laws, rules, and eviction process!

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