An eviction occurs when a landlord forces their tenant to vacate their property (such as a rental unit). This can happen for several reasons. For example, if a tenant fails to pay their rent on time, they face the consequences of eviction. Other violations, such as damage to property, excessive noise, or violations of lease terms (such as no pets or no smoking policies), may result in eviction. It is a formal legal process with court involvement.
What Does the Eviction Process Look Like?
In most states, the landlord is required to notify the tenant of the problem, usually with a formal written letter, or "notice to quit," that outlines the cause of concern. Often this notice provides the tenant with a three-day window to remedy the situation. At this point, the tenant and the landlord can communicate to resolve the issue between them. Sometimes, to avoid the lingering consequences of eviction, tenants choose to move out during this period to bypass formal...