When two parties enter into a residential lease agreement, the terms of the lease outline the requirements and expectations for both parties. These include upkeep of the property, financial obligations and more.
A landlord may have the ability to request or require that a tenant move out of a property depending on the nature of the circumstances. Tenants as well as landlords should understand what may prompt or support an attempted eviction, also referred to as an unlawful detainer, and how long the process may take.
Causes of an eviction
Multiple facts may support a lawful eviction. These include failure to cease behaviors that impinge on others’ living in or near the property despite requests to do so. Significant damage to a residential property may also warrant an eviction notice.
A tenant who does not pay their rent or who violates the terms of the rental or lease agreement may also be asked to vacate the property for these reasons.
Notice of an impending eviction
A landlord must provide written notice to a tenant of a potential eviction. This notice should clearly detail the reason or reasons prompting this action. A tenant may be provided some opportunity to rectify the situation and remain in the property in the notice.
An uncontested eviction may complete in as little as just a few days. Contested evictions may take longer to complete. The original notice may stipulate the timeframe for the actual departure from the property. This timing may span three to 90 days.
Many factors can affect actual cases, however. If you have questions about your specific situation, reach out to an attorney for guidance.