Evictions are the forced removal of a tenant from a rental property. Property owners can choose to evict their tenants for a number of reasons.
Being evicted should be avoided always. They’re not something to take lightly, but they are not the end of the world, as long as you’re educated on your rights.
1. You can still rent after an eviction
One common misconception about evictions is that you’re unable to rent ever again. It’s true that evictions do stick on your record, but that doesn’t mean you’re turned out to the streets.
Evictions do make renting more difficult, but some property owners will still rent to you — even with an eviction on your record — as long as you can prove trustworthiness and financial ability.
2. You can’t get evicted for just anything
Property owners are not legally allowed to evict tenants based on their own discretion. Some of the most common legal reasons a property owner may evict their tenant are:
- Nonpayment of rent
- Violating the lease
- Damage to the property
- Breaking the law in the rental unit
- Occupancy after an expired or terminated lease
If the proper legal process isn’t followed and there’s not a provable, reasonable cause for eviction, property owners could actually get sued themselves for wrongful or illegal eviction.
3. You do get notice beforehand
Property owners are not able to just show up to your door and kick you out without any notice. State laws dictate how long of notice is required. Most states require either 30 or 60-day notices for tenants, but it could be as short as 20 days or as long as 90 days, in some instances.
Keep calm and avoid eviction
Eviction is not a process any renter wants to go through. If you fear you’re nearing an eviction, do what you can now to avoid it. First, speak candidly with your landlord/property owner and see if you can make an arrangement. Second, consider looking into housing assistance programs in your area.