It is not uncommon that we work with our fair share of both tenants and landlords in our faction of the law. Having said this, Pavithran Law Office has heard nearly every reason why a landlord would evict their tenant. While there are some reasons that even we couldn’t have made up (a tenant being evicted for breeding cockroaches…) for the most part, we hear the same things over and over again from landlords who are fed up with the people living in the property they own. Whether you are a landlord yourself, or a tenant, it’s important to know what sorts of actions often lead to an eviction. Continue reading below to learn more.
Eviction For Not Paying Rent
This is probably the most obvious reason why someone would be evicted from the rental property in which they reside. In fact, nearly seven out of 10 evictions can be chalked up to a tenant not paying rent in a timely manner or at all. When it comes to an eviction, the landlord must first provide their tenant with a notice that gives them at least three days warning that a lawsuit will be filed should they not pay the amount the landlord is owed. However, if the tenant is cooperative, then the amount of time they are given to come up with the money can be negotiated. Should they not pay or even respond to the notice, a lawsuit will be filed by the landlord.
Eviction For Expired Lease Agreements
Many times we have people call our office enraged about the way their landlord has gone about letting them know that their lease will not be renewed. Normally this occurs thirty days or less before the tenant has to be out of their current residence. In this case, the tenant is often scrambling trying to figure out what their next move should be. After all, finding a rental isn’t always the easiest of tasks. Unfortunately, there is not much we can do in a situation like this. The lease stipulates that the current tenant will only live in the space until a certain date. While they do have the options to renew, they also can choose not to do so, which is also an option for the landlord.
Eviction For Unauthorized Animals
When a lease is initially signed, it almost always has some specific terms regarding whether or not pets will be allowed to live in the property. Sometimes these are as simple as no pets being allowed, while other times they give more specific terms like weights or breeds that are prohibited. If a landlord discovers that a tenant is housing an animal that is against the terms in the lease, most often they will give the tenant two choices- the first is that the tenant can take advantage of a seven day window in which they can find a cure for the issue like giving the animal to a family member or friend. If they do not do this, however, then the landlord will likely file for eviction. This will likely give the tenant one more week to move out of the property.
Eviction For Not Supplying A Security Deposit
In the case that a landlord allows a tenant to move into a residence before they pay their security deposit, there is always the chance that they won’t end up getting that money at all. Even if the tenant is paying rent on time, the landlord has the right (as per the terms of the lease) to evict the tenant should they not pay their deposit in a timely manner.
Eviction For Noise Disturbances
Any landlord who owns apartments in a college town has likely had to evict their tenants because of excessive noise. While having the police called a time or two because of special occasions may not warrant an eviction, repeatedly getting noise violations will. Most often a landlord will give their tenant a warning to begin with that they need to fix the issue. However, upon the second formal warning, the tenant will be asked to vacate.
Eviction For Not Complying With The Lease Terms
There are many stipulations in a lease agreement. If a tenant does not abide by these terms which they agreed upon originally, there is always a chance that they will be evicted. This could be anything from failing to take care of the yard to having unauthorized occupants. Whatever it is, the landlord holds the power in most cases, assuming that their lease is well-written and covers every basis.
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