Eviction Explained

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Have you ever been evicted? If you have, then you are probably all too familiar with
the eviction process and the rights that both the tenant and the landlord retain
throughout the eviction process. Both the landlord as well as the tenant should have
some working knowledge concerning when an eviction can be performed before
signing a binding lease agreement .

You may be surprised to learn there are a couple of different kinds of evictions.
Typically, when somebody hears that a landlord has evicted a tenant it is assumed the
tenant was late on their payments. Though this conception - that an eviction only
occurs when there is a problem with the tenant is probably true the majority of the
time, sometimes there are other reasons for an eviction. These different kinds of
evictions are often known as an eviction without cause, just cause eviction, and a
constructive eviction. Let's examine the differences between the two.

Just Cause Eviction A just cause eviction is exactly what you would expect, an
eviction that occurs with a just cause, or good reason. In areas that regulations only
allow for just cause evictions, the landlord must have reason that will stand up in
court in order to evict the tenant. For instance, if the tenant has not paid rent then that
would offer just cause to the tenant to begin the eviction proceedings. Another just
cause for eviction includes occasions where the tenant has substantially damaged the

Eviction without Cause Many cities and counties allow landlords to evict tenants
without cause. In this case, a tenant cannot be evicted if they are still under contract
and there is no just cause. However, once the lease agreement has expired the landlord
can evict the tenant without cause.

Constructive Eviction - This type of eviction is not all that common. In this scenario,
a tenant is in effect "evicted" or compelled to leave because the landlord has allowed
the conditions of the property lapse severely. In other words a constructive eviction
occurs when the living conditions of the property have become unbearable and the
tenant is compelled to move. Tenants who have experienced this sort of eviction have
many options of legal recourse open to them.

Understanding the various types of evictions helps clear up any preconceived notions
people might have regarding tenants who are evicted. As we have learned not all
evictions occur because of deadbeat tenants. In fact, in the case of the constructive
eviction the tenant is actually the victim.

When a just cause eviction does occur, there are typically legal guidelines that must
be followed to ensure the eviction is performed in a professional and legal manner.
The appropriate documents must be filed with the court, and before any eviction can
occur the court must approve the eviction with a court order. Or course, before any
court ordered eviction is issued, the eviction court must examine all the evidence and
decide whether an eviction is warranted. If an eviction is warranted, then the tenant
will be given certain amount of time to remove his property from the premises.
Should the tenant fail to comply with this order, law enforcement may become
involved as the landlord reassumes possession of the property.

Hopefully you will never have to go through the eviction process, whether it be a just
cause eviction or a constructive eviction. However, knowing the guidelines around the
eviction process can help you considerably in protecting your rights.

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