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When can a landlord legally evict a residential tenant? 

On Behalf of | Jul 21, 2022 | Property Law

Evicting a tenant from a residential property is the right of a landlord, but only on valid grounds. Every landlord has rights and obligations under the lease contract, and these responsibilities are meant to promote a harmonious relationship with the tenant. 

While eviction is not something landlords look forward to, there are instances when it becomes inevitable. Here are three situations when an eviction may be justified

Violation of the lease

A rental agreement is a binding contract. If the tenant violates the terms of the rental agreement, the landlord may have reason to evict them. 

A violation can range from keeping an unauthorized pet to operating a business or conducting illegal activity on the rented property. Of course, not all violations may lead to an eviction – especially if the tenant is willing to correct the problem.

Failure to pay rent on time

Tenants have a duty to pay rent on the dates indicated on the lease agreement without fail. Of course, there are occasions when the tenant may delay in paying their rent. When this happens, applicable late fees may apply. 

However, if the tenant is consistently paying their rent late (or is not paying rent at all), then the landlord may have valid grounds for evicting them. 

Damage to property

Any occupied property is bound to go through wear-and-tear. However, extensive damage is a different story altogether. Intentional damage to the property or acts of gross negligence can form the basis for evicting a tenant. Besides the eviction, you may also pursue compensation for property damage from the tenant.  

Every landlord hopes for a healthy landlord-tenant relationship. However, if this is not tenable, then the landlord may exercise their right to evict the tenant. Find out how you can carry out an eviction without jeopardizing your legal rights.