Can a Landlord Evict You For No Reason?
If you’re a renter, there’s a high chance you’ve wondered before: can a landlord evict you for no reason?
It makes sense to worry about this. Nobody wants to end up getting evicted, particularly if they don’t see it coming. But is a disagreement with your landlord over something innocuous like the heat setting going to get you turned out onto the street? What about if your landlord wants to raise the price and rent the unit to somebody else? Most importantly, what can a landlord evict you for?
So let’s start with the good news: No, a landlord cannot evict you for no reason. Eviction is a legal process, and your landlord saying they want to evict you — without a legal reason to back it up — is not going to be able to get the eviction approved in court.
That being said, the reasons landlord can evict a tenant are perhaps broader than you might think. Here are some reasons for eviction that do have legal backing:
- Your lease ends and your landlord does not want to renew.
- You violate a term in your lease (including not paying your rent).
- You are found to be committing an illegal activity in your apartment.
- You cause extensive property damage to your apartment.
Understanding the Eviction Process
To understand the reasons why a landlord can evict you, it helps to understand how the eviction process works. While it’s different in different states (for example, the New York eviction process is going to be different from the California process, and so on), the basics are generally the same:
- Your lease will be terminated with proper notice, as set out by your state — this could be anywhere from 7 days to 30.
- If you do not vacate the property upon the termination of your lease (which, if you do not think the termination is valid you likely would not), an action will be filed with the local eviction court.
- There will be a hearing, in which both you and your landlord will state your claims. If a judge finds that there is no legal backing for an eviction, the case will be closed in your favor and the process will end here. Otherwise, a formal date will be set under which you much vacate the property by, and the sheriff will be notified. Usually, the locks are changed on the set eviction day.
If your landlord does file for an eviction and it is found to stand in court, it will be your responsibility to vacate the property by the assigned eviction date. And that’s where we come in. Bennett Movers offers eviction moving services, specializing in New York, that helps you vacate the property quickly and affordably. In addition to helping you move, we can also help you file the necessary eviction paperwork and obtain short-term storage for your belongings while you search for a new place to live.
If you are undergoing the eviction process or think that you may be evicted soon, contact us to learn more about our services and how we can assist you.