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Noncompliance with a rental agreement can be cause for eviction

The eviction process may be one of the most difficult duties you have as a landlord. It can feel harsh if, for the most part, you have had a positive relationship with your tenant. However, a rental agreement is a legally binding contract between you and your tenant. When a tenant does not uphold his or her end of the agreement, it is good business to begin the eviction process before the lease has ended.

There are many ways a tenant can be out of compliance with his or her rental agreement, including:

  • Damaging the unit to the point that it affects health or safety
  • Keeping pets in the apartment when they are not allowed
  • Allowing people not on the lease to live in the apartment
  • Failing to pay rent
  • Engaging in illegal activities, such as prostitution, assault or drug use

What does the eviction process look like?

The first step in the eviction process is to properly provide your tenant with notice. This could be a five-day notice or a ten-day notice depending on your reason for initiating the eviction. In many cases, the tenant must be allowed to continue renting the unit if the issue is remedied. However, if your tenant is involved in certain illegal activities, you may be able to provide notice of immediate termination of the rental agreement.

If your tenant does not remedy the problem or move out within the designated timeframe, you can move forward with the eviction process by filing a complaint with the local eviction court and attending the hearing. If you win the judgement at the hearing, you can make an appointment with a sheriff to reclaim possession of the unit.

For the eviction to be successful, it is important that you correctly complete each step in the process and do not try to take matters into your own hands. Eviction can be a complicated process, but it may be a necessary one if your tenant is not upholding his or her half of the rental agreement.

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