Evictions aren’t fun for anyone involved. They are life-disrupting to tenants and can be extremely expensive for landlords. Learning common reasons landlords evict tenants can help both parties prevent evictions from becoming necessary.
1. Nonpayment of Rent
Nonpayment of rent is the most common cause of eviction, for obvious reasons. In most cases, the landlord is required to allow the payments to be made up before finally evicting the tenant. Only after providing all of the necessary notices can a landlord file for eviction.
2. Habitual Late Payments
Not only is nonpayment a common reason for eviction, but habitual late payments may also be cause enough for eviction. The laws vary regarding time lengths and how many days are considered late. This is why it is very important to ensure that you have checked all of the laws in your area.
3. Breach of Lease
A breach of lease may also result in eviction. There are many ways that a lease contract can be breached. Some of the common reasons include unauthorized pets, unapproved occupants, subletting without permission, improper use of the building, consistent nuisance complaints, and more.
4. Committed Crime on the Premises
Any crime committed on the premises may result in eviction. This can include everything from distributing drugs to operating a business. This even includes legitimate businesses that don’t have the proper licensing to be run from home.
5. Property Damage
Property damage can give a landlord cause to evict the tenant. This can include making unapproved repairs that ultimately damage the property or engaging in reckless behavior that leads to property damage. This doesn’t include regular wear and tear from daily life. Whenever someone resides in a building, a certain amount of wear is to be expected.
6. Expiration of Lease
If the lease has expired, the landlord is allowed to evict the occupant. Most contracts are designed to progress to a month-to-month basis after the initial contract has expired. This may become a difficult process, especially if the tenant continues to pay rent. All necessary notices will have to be provided prior to eviction.
7. Owner Move-in
If the owner wishes to move in to their rental property, they are allowed to do so, but they must provide the proper amount and type of notice to their tenant. It is very important to brush up on the applicable laws before taking any eviction-based action in this scenario.
It is important to follow all of the proper steps during the eviction process. Self-evictions are almost never legal. Ensure that there is valid cause and consider obtaining a lawyer when undergoing an eviction case. To obtain counsel regarding an eviction case, contact us at LeBaron & Jensen today!