4-Step Eviction Process for Problematic Tenants

1. Determine Whether the Violation Warrants Eviction

Not all violations warrant eviction and depending on where your rental property is located, the laws vary. In most states, however, the following violations could be grounds for eviction. 

  • Failure to pay rent
  • Violating the lease
  • Causing health or safety issues for other tenants
  • Damaging the rental property

Your best bet to determine whether your tenants’ violation warrants eviction is to speak with your attorney first. 

2. Provide Written Notice of Eviction

Every state stipulates a certain amount of time a landlord must give a tenant to vacate the property. You must provide written notice of the eviction to the tenant that states how much time they have to leave the premises. If the tenant hasn’t vacated the rental unit by the end of the specified time, move on to the next step. 

3. Apply for a Hearing

Most states have a landlord/tenant board. This board helps determine whether there’s cause for termination of the tenants’ residency on your property. If your tenant refuses to leave after receiving written notice of termination, you can apply to the board for a hearing and a member of the board will decide accordingly. 

4. Take it to Court

If your area doesn’t have a landlord/tenant board, you can take your complaint to court. Speak with your attorney first and then file a lawsuit to begin proceedings to get the problematic tenant out of your property. While this isn’t the speediest of solutions, you will end up with lawfully-binding results. 

You try really hard to find good tenants that won’t cause trouble, but despite your efforts, bad ones do get in. When you end up with problematic tenants, there’s no need to put up with their troubles. Simply begin the eviction process above and know the law is on your side.