Rental Property Violations That May Result in Tenant Eviction

It becomes necessary to remove the troublesome tenants from the property. No matter how much care and precautions a landlord takes, he cannot avoid such circumstances when the time is wrong. A landlord cannot ask the tenants to evict the property on personal grounds. There however, needs to be some lawful reasons mentioned in the concerned state’s landlord-tenant law for removing the tenant. There are many reasons based on which a landlord can give the eviction notice to the tenant. 


Here are the five most common reasons for which one can evict the tenant. 

Illegal Use of the Property

In a rental agreement, the tenant always mentions the purpose for use of the property. If the tenant is using the property in an illegal manner then the landlord can ask him to evict the property. Apart from an illegal business, the tenant shall have to leave the property for conducting legal business also if the purpose of tenancy is for residential purposes only. For the said reasons the landlord needs to serve a notice to quit to the tenant for evicting the property before the landlord proceeds to serve the court order to evacuate. 


Health or Safety Violation

A landlord can evict a tenant if the property has a known safety or health violation that needs to be rectified. If the rectification cannot be done in the presence of tenant then the property needs to get evacuated. For this, the landlord needs to give prior notice to the tenant and under certain situations, he might give relocation assistance to him. A few examples of this type of violation shall be a property that needs roof repair to protect from rain or snow or a property that needs to be treated for serious lead paint hazards. 


The Unit is Being Taken off the Market

If the landlord wants to take out the property off from the rental market for a certain period he can file to evict the tenant. For doing so he needs to give a time period to the existing tenant and also file a Notice of Intent to withdraw the property. He also needs to pay the tenant a relocation amount that changes every year. 


Owner Move-In

If the landlord wants to use the rental property for his own needs he can file to evict the existing tenant. The same action can be taken even if a family member of the landlord plans to shift in the rental property. The rules, however, change from one state to another. In some states, the landlord needs to pay the relocation amount to the tenant if he has lived in the property for more than one year. He must file a Notice to Quit at least two months in advance.


Any Other Breaches to the Agreement

A landlord can ask the tenant to evict the property on the breach of pet policy or due to unnamed tenants living in the property. He can also get the property evacuated if the tenant refuses to pay the increased legal rent.

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