Eviction is when a landlord makes a tenant leave a unit. The landlord must give the tenant notice and go through the court process. The tenant must move out by the end of the time limit on the notice. If not, they can be sued, which will go on their record. Then, they could be forcibly removed from the unit by the Sheriff.
Reasons a landlord can evict a tenant
A landlord can evict a tenant if the tenant:
- Fails to pay the rent;
- Breaks any of the rules in the lease agreement;
- Damages the property;
- Does not leave the property after the lease comes to an end; or
- Does not have a written lease, but pays rent monthly, and the landlord gives a 30-day notice to move.
A landlord cannot evict a tenant for:
- Complaining about the unit or building that a building inspector determines is valid;
- Not paying rent, if the tenant left the property for a period of time because of domestic violence or the threat of domestic violence;
- Not paying rent, if the landlord accepted the rent due; or
- Race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, religion, familial status (that is, being pregnant or having children under the age of 18), unfavorable discharge from the military, military status, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or being a protected party under an order of protection.
Eviction process overview
The eviction process involves the following steps:
Updated: May 2018