Landlord Tenant Evictions – Accurate Credit Bureau

The first thing you need to know about evictions is that you cannot lock a tenant out of
the apartment, or even set foot in it without the tenant’s permission. If you try, you may be
subject to criminal prosecution, a judicial restraining order, and a suit for money damages.
Only a judge can order a tenant to move. Until then, the tenant has the right to remain in the
apartment, almost always continuing to pay the same rent. If the eviction is not legally the
tenant’s fault, the court can give the tenant time to find another place and move.
While you cannot retaliate against a tenant, you may otherwise evict a tenant at will or a tenant whose lease has expired for any reason whatever or for no reason at all, so long as it isn’t for an illegal reason. Examples of an illegal reason are retaliation or discrimination.
Before you can go to court, you usually have to send a written Notice to Quit. This is
the official way of terminating a tenancy. Depending on the type of notice, it may order the
tenant to “quit and deliver up” the apartment in seven, fourteen, or thirty days or some other
period. The tenant does not really have to move in the time stated in the notice, but you must
wait until that time has run out before you can start court proceedings.

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