Top 5 Legal Reasons to Evict a Tenant

Written on September 21, 2015 by

Reasons for EvictionEviction is just part of the rental business. The worst part.

Oddly enough, many people don’t actually know what an eviction is. Sure, it’s the act of expelling a tenant from property – I know.

But I’d like to modify that definition slightly, if I may.

It’s the act of expelling a tenant from property, LEGALLY

The Formal Eviction Process

In most counties, the formal eviction process is as follows:

  1. Terminate the lease with proper notice
  2. When the tenant doesn’t leave, file an action with the local eviction court
  3. Attend a hearing
  4. Win the judgement
  5. Hire (make an appointment) with the sheriff
  6. Show up on “eviction day” with the sheriff, reclaim possession of the unit
  7. Change the locks

A “self-help eviction” (lock-outs, or utility shut-offs) is usually illegal, and it gets thousands of landlords in trouble every year.

If you’ve ever read through the comments on any of our state law summary guides, you’ll see plenty of examples of landlords who have taken matters into their own hands. It’s not pretty.

Related: The True Cost of Eviction is more than $5,000

To recap above, the first step of any eviction is to terminate the lease or agreement. In order to terminate a fixed-term lease early, you must have a valid reason, or “just-cause”, to do so. Month-to-month agreements can be terminated fairly easily with very little notice – usually 30 days.

When it comes time to go to court, the judge will ask “why are you asking me to remove this tenant from your unit?” What will your response be?

5 Legitimate Reasons to Evict a Tenant

1. Nonpayment of Rent

The most common reason for a lease termination and eviction is nonpayment of rent.

It’s an easy concept to understand: “if you don’t pay, you can’t stay”. Most courts and judges are reasonable about this, and make little exceptions to allowing a non-paying tenant to remain in the unit.

…if you don’t pay, you can’t stay.

With that said, if a landlord is failing to provide a habitable dwelling, then sometimes, nonpayment of rent is overlooked.

Note: “nonpayment of a late fee” is not the same as “nonpayment of rent”. Most courts (that I’ve heard of) will not award a landlord a judgement solely for unpaid late fees.

2. Lease Violation

The second most common reason for eviction is when a tenant violates a lease clause.

Many violations can allow the landlord to terminate the lease if the issue is not corrected quickly (anywhere from 3-30 days). Here are the most common lease violations:

  • Unauthorized Pets
    Having pets when none are allowed, or having more pets than what is allowed.
  • Extended Guests or Unapproved Occupants
    Many residents think that they can move their boyfriend or girlfriend into the unit without asking – for as long as they want. However, most leases don’t allow any occupants other than those listed on the lease (for good reason). Unapproved occupants, or “Rogue Tenants” as I call them, can be a complete legal and liability nightmare.
  • Unapproved Subletting
    Most leases grant a resident “exclusive” rights to occupy the dwelling. This means that the landlord can’t rent it to anyone else, but it also means the tenant is under the same restriction. Most thorough leases prohibit subletting without prior approval, so let’s hope your tenant remembers to ask before putting your unit on Airbnb while spending the summer in Italy.
  • Improper Use
    Many administrative or home-based business are allowed to operate out of a residential dwelling, but sometimes a tenant will take it too far. For example, it would be okay for tenant to open up a Mary Kay business from the rental unit, but probably not a welding shop, car wash, or a doggie day spa. A “residential” lease should be used for residential purposes, and not occupied by a high-traffic business.
  • Nuisance Complaints
    The neighbors (and the police) will only put up with so many loud parties. If “enough” noise/nuisance complaints are filed against your tenants, the police department will actually fine the landlord. At the first sign of trouble, it’s wise to remind your tenants that repeat noise complaints are a lease violation (assuming you put it in your lease).

3. Property Damage

We’ve all heard the wild stories of tenant damage. Sadly, the majority of tenant damage is not intentional – but rather caused by lack of common sense.

  • A tenant who installs a 3,000 gallon hot tub on the 2nd story deck probably isn’t thinking about the structural integrity of the support beams.
  • In the South, pools are common, but if they are not maintained regularly, there can be irreparable damage to the pool equipment.
  • I’ve even heard about a tenant who installed his own skylights because his wife wanted to lay in bed and look at the stars. While romantic, and slightly Swiss-Family Robinson-ish, it caused over $5,000 in roof and water damage.
  • Hoarding can also cause property damage, and can be a valid reason to terminate the lease as long as the person is not claiming that it is a mental disability.

4. Illegal or Drug Related Activity

When a resident is committing a crime, the police, and the local government want to know about it. There is very little grace granted to drug-dealers.

In most states, including Rhode Island, Oklahoma, and Ohio, a landlord can terminate a lease with 24 hour (or sometimes less) notice for drug or crime-related activity.

In Texas, a landlord can even immediately terminate the lease of a tenant who is convicted of public indecency (Sec. 91.003)! Yikes!

5. Expiration of Lease

Every good thing must eventually come to an end. But sometimes, a tenant refuses to move out, and now you have a squatter.

If the lease has naturally expired, or terminated with proper notice, then the tenant no longer has any right to occupy the dwelling. This alone is enough of a reason to file an eviction action in court.

What Else?

What other legitimate reasons can you think of to evict a tenant? I’d love to hear any personal “war-stories” stories in the comments below.

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392 CommentsLeave a Comment

  • Stephanie

    I am currently fighting to evict my tenant. She has not paid her water bills in a SFH. She is on section 8 and hired a legal aid attorney who has appealed the case. I will never rent to a section 8 tenant again!!

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Stephanie,

      Check out our new article on Section 8: https://www.landlordology.com/section-8-tenants/

    • Dan Kelly

      when on section 8 the tenant can be evicted and loose there voucher, most do not want too loose the voucher, cause then they cant get back on the gov free housing

      • Stephanie

        Exactly, that’s why my tenant has hired a legal aid lawyer to appeal the case. I don’t know why they would do that as she has breached the lease by not paying the water bill. I would think the judge should rule in my favor. She has refused to move in the meantime so I have to wait for the court to sort it out. Very frustrating!

        • Dan Kelly

          So she has money for a Lawyer, but is on section 8 so is our tax dollars going to pay for her attorney too. I say talk to your local section 8 office personal that handles your tenant. Here in Idaho section 8 will remove the tenant from voucher program for not protecting the owner property. No water to flush the toilet or wash the dishes, I would not take over any of the utility bills because then the people will claim you had the water shut off or utilities turned off. Good luck

        • Dan Kelly

          no water on the place is a health hazard caused by the tenant

      • Debbie

        Section 8 is not free housing section 8 is subsidized housing also it is not welfare

    • Maria Y.

      I have a a question, on our last visit to our rental as we have had another major flooding during thanksgiving due to a toilet back up, we have noticed that the garage small like cigarette smoke, on our tenant rule it states that ” no smoking is allowed in the dwelling”, and yesterday when my husband was there to take care of repairs ,he noticed in he backyard some dog dishes and dog toys, he didn’t find a dog, again on our rental it clearly states that “unauthorized pet” is not allowed. Legally, what is the best way to proceed with these issues. Our rental is in San Diego California. Any input is appreciated.

      • Lucas Hall

        Hi Maria,

        Well, first you need to have actual evidence. You need to see him smoking in the property, or cigarette butts in the property (not outside). Same with the pet. You actually have to see the pet.

        Without that evidence, you only have assumptions.

        Once you establish the issue, then you can cite it as a violation, and attempt to terminate the lease if he/she doesn’t remedy the problem.

        I hope that helps. Please know that I’m not a lawyer, nor is this legal advice. For more info on CA state laws, you could check out our guide: https://www.landlordology.com/california-landlord-tenant-laws

        • Maria

          Thank you for responding right away. And yes we did see cigarette butts in the garage on an ashtray. I don’t think my husband has taken pictures of it though.
          In your experience, would talking to them casually regarding the dog toys we found in the backyard a good idea? Thanks again
          and yes I will check out the link.

          • Lucas Hall

            Sure, I think confronting a tenant in a respectful way is usually the best approach.

            • Maria Y.

              Thank you!

            • Jorge

              I recently leased a apartment to a single woman. She ask me about her boyfriend moving in the future. I told her that at that point we would have to sign a new lease and include him in. That would give him rights and access to her apt. That they were in dating stages – she was not ready to move him in, my lease spells out no guest over period of 10 days without prior Notice. The problem Is now that the young lady came Knocking at my door at 3am fo help to get the drunk boyfriend out of her apart. He agreed to leave all he wanted was his car keys he ran back into the aparment then I heard some screams while on the phone with the police. I jump to aid to aid her ( since he was beating her) Can I evict her if her if he comes back?

            • Jorge

              I recently leased a apartment to a single woman. She ask me about her boyfriend moving in the future. I told her that at that point we would have to sign a new lease and include him in. That would give him rights and access to her apt. That they were in dating stages – she was not ready to move him in, my lease spells out no guest over period of 10 days without prior Notice. The problem Is now that the young lady came Knocking at my door at 3am fo help to get the drunk boyfriend out of her apart. He agreed to leave all he wanted was his car keys he ran back into the aparment then I heard some screams while on the phone with the police. I jump to aid to aid her ( since he was beating her) Can I evict her if her if he comes back in d pic?

            • Tonya Davis

              A family friend has a property he has let this guy stay there for about 6 years there is no contract only a verbal agreement to pay all of the utilities and he could stay but now my friend wants to evict this individual so his friend can move in. Is this acceptable and how many days notice is he required to be given to vacate?

        • Erica

          Speaking about evidence, is it necessary for a landlord to give advance notice or have permission to photograph the property ( inside the dwelling) when doing inspection?
          Also does porch count as inside or outside the dwelling?

  • Christina

    Chronic late payments? They always pay up right before I can initiate the pay or quit process.

    • Sheila

      I have the same problem and will be giving him notice that Oct is the last month I will allow him to pay more than a week late without terminating our lease. On the 2nd of every month I’ll give him a 5 day notice to correct the breach (pay full rent) or I’ll give him 30 days to move.

    • Lucas Hall

      The key here is to give an appropriate “Pay or Quit” notice as soon as it’s late. I don’t allow grace periods unless required to by law. Generally speaking, once the lease is terminated (when the notice expires), then a landlord is no longer obligated to accept rent – unless mandated by a judge.

    • Dan Kelly

      We have added to our lease agreement . Rent is due on the 1st if not paid in full by the 3rd or the 5th. we charge late fee 10% of the rent amount, then we charge a daily late fee starting the 5th or 7th, at a rate of $10.00 to $30.00 per day until paid or evicted. We also can start the termination of the lease process on the 4th or the 6th. the whole idea is to get paid on time but if they are not paying the late fee should hurt, and send a message that you need to pay on time or leave. It also acts as additional rent charge when not paid on time. So the house you were renting for $500.00 is now making 600 -700.

  • Miranda

    My tenant attacked another tenant living in the same property; I have a month by month lease with her. Can I terminate the lease the immediately or do I need to give her a 30 days notice? the other tenant filed a restraining order and she’s supposed to stay away from where the other tenant’s residence but she keeps coming back after the cops left.

  • Ed Corrado

    Is it harder to evict tenant who has no lease. Mine has no lease but has been treated several times for alcohol and heavy smoking of cigarettes nd pot. He does have medical issues now and has lost his job due to his drinking. Thank. U. Ed corrado

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Ed,

      It depends on the Judge. When you say that you’ve tried many times, do you mean that you’ve actually been to court?

      If not, I’d start there. Just terminate the lease for whatever the violation is (with proper notice), and then file the court case.

      If the judge is letting the tenant stay, then I don’t know what else you can do. Perhaps appeal it? Or maybe you could buy-out your tenant, and pay him $X to leave voluntarily.

      • Ed Corrado

        Your response to my initial comment seems confusing to me….I did ask: Is it easier to evict a tenant who does not have a lease or is it easier to evict with a lease-holding tenant….My present tenant up until know has been a good paying tenant…However, the past months he has shown me that he has a severe drinking and smoking problem. The combination of those two worries me heavily about a fire burning the house and endangering all around him. I did tell him after his last bout and prior to his 28 day rehab, that no longer care to rent the first-floor apartment where he resides….He is very concerned now, especially since he lost his job due to his drinking problem….Thanks Lucas

        • Lucas Hall

          Hi Ed,

          Sorry for the confusion. The answer to your question is that neither is more easier than the other. “Eviction” is the process of going to court to get a writ of possession.

          Now, with that said, it is easier to terminate the tenancy of a month-to-month tenant because they… well.. are month-to-month. You can end it anytime with proper notice. That’s the blessing and curse of a month-to-month.

          If you have a month-to-month tenant, then just give proper notice and terminate the lease. If they don’t leave, then you’ll have to get the courts involved to help you remove the tenant by force.

          Does that help?

          • Ed Corrado

            It does help and much clearer….HOWEVER: :) From the time this tenant moved in nearly fifteen years ago, he has never had any kind of lease. He was a friend of a friend and a good person so I just felt then, it wasn’t necessary….Perhaps, in retrospect, I made a landlord’s faux pax ??? Thanks again for all your patience and help…Ed Corrado

            • Lucas Hall

              Wow! 15 Years!

              I would consider that a win no matter how you look at it!

              • Ashley Brown

                Hello,

                I am currently in the process of evicting my roommate (have already given the 30 day notice). He was on a 6-month lease which expired in December to which we defaulted to an unleased month to month arrangement.

                He has been on time with payments however due to conflicts in housing I chose to live by myself(he has stolen my food, is disrespectful, told me I have mental issues when I stated these concerns, and has asked for sex in the past to which I refused and told him I would terminate the lease if he continued being inappropriate). He is now late with rent and refuses to acknowledge the 30 days/late rent via text, email and face to face. Do I call the police or go to court if he refuses to pay? I’m not sure what to do.

  • Lynn

    My tenant is constantly threating me, will not allow me in my home even if notice is given per the rental agreement. I will schedule to have work done at the house she will not answer the notice from certified mail, email or phone calls. Each time I go to the house, I have to have the police to constantly tell the tenant that I’m the owner and to let me the house. Is there anything I can do?

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Lynn

      Sounds like you have a tenant who won’t change her behavior, even at the order of the police.

      Next time there is a violation of the lease – refusing to let you in – you could just give a notice to remedy or quit, and then terminate the lease when she doesn’t comply.

      If she’s a month-to-month tenant, then you don’t need a reason – you can simply give notice and terminate the lease.

      If I were in your shoes, I would stop messing around with this bozo and start fresh with a new tenant.

      I hope that helps, please know that I’m not a lawyer nor is this legal advice.

  • Virginia Shaw

    Tenant changed locks without my permission. Disconnected garage door opener. Also subleased the house. Not taking care of the yard. Not watering around the foundation. When I learned that he had done the above, he was confronted. I asked him to change the locks back. “Oh, I can’t do that.”
    “Oh yes you will do that. Where are the locks?”
    “They’re at a friend’s house.”
    He was given 10 days to comply. He stepped up to the plate and accomplished what I had asked him to do. He is making a better effort to comply with the lease.

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Virginia,

      That’s unfortunate about the issues, but I’m glad to see that the tenant is taking steps to remedy the issue. I suppose he realized that you could terminate his lease for most of those things. Thanks for sharing!

  • Rod Kreinbrink

    Hi Lucas, being a landlord myself I have initiated a new clause in my rental contracts. Obviously any renter must be making on a monthly gross income at least 2x that of the unit rental agreement. If you think about it, gross income is not net income. When you take in account a credit card, and or a monthly car payment, if you are not making at least 2x the rental charge (not including utilities) then they can not afford to rent the home. (given no compensating factors…like having 20,000 in a bank account) What I am going to incorporate into all new contracts if that they lose that income, the rental agreement will not be renewed. We had such an instance. the maintenance from the rental all went south after the boyfriend moved out

    • Dan Kelly

      Mine was reverse when the tenant husband got out of jail the payment stopped and I have to make a mutual agreement with the tenant to leave before I evicted them. I gave them 2 weeks to be out. They still have to pay me back for the missed rent, late fees, and damages to the property not covered by the security deposit.

  • john

    have a month to month tenant his lease calls for all reparis be made by him ///because he acceptd a lower rent///he said he could not afford to pay for the repair///i told him i would pay because he did not have the money/// i had the repairman come by but he would not let us in//////help///help

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi John

      Sounds like you have quite a character on your hands.

      If I were in your shoes, I would tell him to honor his lease contract (hence pay for the repairs), or I will be terminating it for the lease violation. Letting someone through the door is the first step to making the repair.

      It’s a lease violation, simple as that.

      Just my opinion here: but I never allow a tenant to make major repairs on their dime. They will always choose the cheapest solution and cut corners (since it’s not their house) – costing me more money in the long run.

  • ying

    Hi, I have a friend that currently living with me at my apartment but his name isnt on the lease. I also have pets that i didnt tell landlord about. leasing agents[that didnt work at this location] knocked on the door the other day and my friend answered the door. they asked him why he’s here and also noticed that i have pet in the room. they gave me 10 days notice today.

    – can i forbid them to enter my room? [i intend to move somewhere soon anyway]
    – what are my rights?
    – can they just randomly enter my room without permission?
    – can they take my pets away?
    – can i stay longer than 10 days?

    i understand that they’re likely to ask court to evict me, im fine with that.

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Ying,

      Here are my answers, but please know that I’m not a lawyer, nor is this legal advice. I’m just an experienced landlord, trying to help.

      1. can i forbid them to enter my room? [i intend to move somewhere soon anyway] – No, as long as they provide proper notice, they are allowed to enter.
      2. what are my rights? – about what? rent? entering? habitability?
      3. can they just randomly enter my room without permission? No, unless it’s an emergency. They must give proper notice, which varies depending on your state laws.
      4. can they take my pets away? – No, they can’t take any of your personal property (including pets), however, they terminate your lease for the violation.
      5. can i stay longer than 10 days? – It depends on your state laws. I suggest researching your laws here: https://www.landlordology.com/state-laws

      Cheers!

  • Dan Hunter

    Many years ago a tenant had poker parties a couple of times a week. When too much booze was consumed, the fights began. I had broken windows, broken doors, beer stained carpeting and noise complaints from the nabors. Because Mich. is so pro-tenant, I lost two good customers while the eviction procedure dragged on. Houses of prostitution and drug dealers will also cause you to lose good tenants while the slow eviction proceeds. If you can’t make a buy, you can’t prove there is illegal activity. However, if you share your suspicions with the police they might raid the place and kick your entry doors in, in the process. It’s a no win situation.

  • Scott Greentree

    I have a problem tenant, when he moved Dan. He changed brand-new locks and won’t give me the keys to both doors, after four tries he gave me keys to one. I am asking for the other key because I have hot water radiators and as old as they are I have had some l I am asking for the other key because I have hot water radiators and is old as they are I have had some lake and had to go and repair them leak and had to replace some radiators. The other problem I have is that he expects to use the back stairs which are steel and he wakes up the neighbor downstairs, this is happened from 8 PM to 3 AM and my tenant has stated his desire that he wishes he didn’t rent in the first place.

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Scott,

      If your lease strictly prohibits the changing of the lock, or that you must always have a copy of all entry keys, then his behavior is a clear violation. If I were in your shoes, I’d tell him that he must put the old locks back on, and give me copies of all keys. If he didn’t, I would terminate his lease with proper notice. Each state has a different rule for what constitutes “proper notice” for a lease violation so you’d have to look it up here: https://www.landlordology.com/state-laws

  • Bill in Atlanta

    Well, after a year and a half and 8 late payments I finally had enough and took my Renter to Magistrate Court Yesterday and received a judgment for 2 Months Rent. I guess I made a mistake with the Tenant and allowed her to get $750 behind in Late fees and the Magistrate Judge Refused to rule on the Late Fees. Looks like we are now off to Small Claims Court to get a Judgment for these fees as well. The Judge gave her 7 days to move and I know there is some Property damage so I guess I’ll hold off filing on her for the fees until I get photos and estimates on the damage. This was my first renter and I have definitely learned my lesson on being nice to people. No more mister nice guy from here on out. One Violation and the next renter is out.

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Bill,

      Thanks for sharing. Sometimes, the only way to learn something is to go through it.

      I’m teaching a free webinar tomorrow on Rent Collection. Free free to register for it if you’re interested. I’d love to have you.

      Register here: https://www.landlordology.com/events/

    • Bill in Atlanta

      Just wanted to add that my “Part Time” judge really screwed me because he was not as proficient in the law as he should have been. He denied my request to use the deposit to cover $750 in late fees. Georgia Code 44-7-34 (a) Clearly states that the Deposit can be used to Cover rent not paid and late fees. Now I’m going to have to file an appeal because of this denial and the fact that the Judge refused to look at my Lease. Para 9 states that if a tenant terminates the lease early they must pay 1 months rent as a penalty. So because I got a part time judge that did not know the law as he should have and was in a bad mood after having been on the bench for 10 hrs, I lost out on over $1,500 i should have received a judgment for.

  • Ed Corrado

    I will probably be starting the eviction process for my tenant. My question is: Is it easier or more difficult to evict when a tenant does not have a lease? Mine does not have a lease…His history, up till now, has been reliable. He has developed a severe drinking problem along w’ an strong addiction to smoking both pot and cigarettes…He is presently unemployed and has applied for disability given complicated medical problems…..Thanks for your feedback…Ed Corrado…

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Ed,

      I’ve found that it’s not harder and easier. The determining factor is “why” you are evicting them. First you have to terminate the lease for some violation or nonpayment. Or the lease has to naturally expire or be a month-to-month that you are ending. Then, if the tenant doesn’t leave, you can file an eviction. But drinking and smoking are legal in every states (except for pot), but even so, you’d need to prove a lease violation and proper notice of termination (which you may have already done). A judge is only going to hear a case that has gone through all the preliminary steps.

      To learn more about your state’s notification requirements, check out our state law guides: http://www.landlordology.com/state-laws

      Good luck, please know that I’m not a lawyer, nor is this legal advice.

  • Erica

    If tenant faked information on the application process and landlord only found out after lease signed can he evict the tenant? Is this unconditioned eviction? Since the tenant can not go back to remedy it.

    Thanks

  • Lezlie

    If the tenants pay the water bill, can they be ordered to increase the amount it is run in order to let new seeding grow? And if the lawn then needs to be reseeded again, can the tenants be charged for that cost?

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Lezlie,

      It really depends on who is responsible for the lawn care – according to the lease. If the tenant is responsible for lawn upkeep – and they didn’t do it – causing it to die, then the cost to reseed should be the responsibility of the tenant (IMO). See what I mean?

      I hope that helps. Please know that I’m not a lawyer nor is this legal advice.

  • Tim

    We have a tenant who after a few months of not adjusting the thermostat correctly in spite of multiple tutorials and trips by our plumber to test the system, has emailed us a rent abatement letter. If she is purposely keeping a perfectly operating heat system from doing its job in order to withhold rent, isn’t that attempted fraud? We have three units on a single meter and she also disputes her share of the utilities because she is single and travels part of the month. Her share percentage is written into the lease. There are more issues, but this is enough throw at folks.

  • Birgitta Zamora

    My tenant will not allow me to inspect my property, she calls it harassment , and has moved a boyfriend in, that threatened me. She has only been there since February, but I would like to evict her !?? She also has a 2000 sqf basement completely filled with boxes ! ( hoarder ? )

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Birgitta,

      A tenant cannot stop a landlord from entering the property as long as proper notice is given. That’s the whole point of “proper notice”. If you are being threatened physically, call the police.

  • Lewis

    A friend let her daughters friend rent a room with no lease agreement. Its been two years,only paid rent a couple of times, now has a boyfriend living there and fixes applianses and sells them on the premises. They messed up the garage wireing trying to get 220 from 110 and was told not to. they pick up junk from sidewalks and bring it back to the house, they now have a truck a car and a van all full of applianes and junk. They are trying to stay and not move. My lady friend is 74 years old. Im holding back my rath. shr is going to court, what more can she do or say to the judge?

  • jessica

    I live in my and my landlords had tried to evict me once and I beat the eviction and was able to stay now they are trying the same thing because my fiance was removed from our home for a violation of parole now they are claiming that he was selling drugs but he has not been charged And I was not charged is it legal for them to evict me

    • Lucas Hall

      Hi Jessica

      For legal questions, you should really talk to a lawyer.

      As you already know, a landlord can’t evict someone without going to court first. If you go to court, and he can’t prove the charges, then what do you have to worry about?

  • Beth

    Hi

    I have a tenate that owes alot of back rent and several lease violations. I originally wasn’the gonna ask them for the back rent cause they couldn’t pay it. So I just did much notice to vacate on the violations. Hoping they would gone and just leave. But I am having to pursue with the eviction. Is it too late for me to include and ask for all the back rent they owe at the hearing?

  • SheRa

    Hello, I have a couple that signed a 1 yr lease with me. The lease still had almost 4 months left and one decided to move out. The tenants paid for the year in advance because they had a settlement and had a poor credit score. I have had issues with garbage in the yard and not taking care of the yard. I have given several warnings. After the one tenant moved out, isn’t it a breach in the lease when one moves out? I only acknowledged what she told me, but later i decided that I wanted to have the remainder tenant move out as well due to the yard issues. She has about 2 months left of the lease. Do I have to refund the remaining months of the lease when they broke the lease by one moving out? I didn’t have that stated in lease.

  • Rebeca Perez Ibarra

    If your are renting a room to a tenant who is using the room for prostitution can you evict him out as fast as if he were using the room for selling drugs?

  • Cavachon

    I have a double amputee tenant who lives with his wife and the place is so dirty and so stinky I just don’t know how to approach this problem

  • Sandra

    Recently, my mom’s apartment manager threatened to evict her because she apparently violated her lease agreement by installing an over the counter water filtration device. The manager stated that another tenant’s water filter somehow backed up the building’s water pipes at one time and caused it to burst. This had resulted in a minor flood. It turns out that the guilty tenant never changed his water filters! Now, the manager is demanding all her tenants to remove any type of water filtration unit. My mom pays a monthly fee to get her filters changed once a month so her unit does not pose any threat to the building’s pipes. A serviceman comes out once a month like clockwork. Her tap water tastes like bleach! Help!

  • Lori

    I own my home in FL and took in an old friend, whom I had not seen or kept in touch with for years prior. I was engaged and spent several days away from my home anyway, so thought it would be a great idea and help both of us out on a month to month verbal basis. Almost a year later, when she was supposed to get a loan, she decided not to buy. I then told her she would have to find another place. My fiance and I had planned our future around selling our homes and getting a fifth wheel. Suddenly, she stopped cleaning up after herself in the kitchen for what looked like days at a time. Fiance here with me in hopes that would motivate her. The kitchen in cleaner, but no movement to leave. Spoke to her again and handing her letter to vacate.

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