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Landlord Questions

Q: What are the legal reasons for rental eviction in most states?
A: No rent payments: The landlord must deliver in writing how much rent is due, and when and where to pay the rent or face rental eviction.

The landlord must accept payment if it is within the deadline imposed. If the deadline passes, the landlord does not have to accept payment.

Other lease violations: Again, the landlord must always inform the tenant in writing of the violation, and give the tenant a fair period of time make correction. If the tenant refuses, the landlord may begin rental eviction procedings.

Expired Lease Agreement: When the lease has reached its expiration, and the landlord decides not to renew it, the landlord must give the tenant written notice of this fact, and the time period the tenant has to move out (usually 30 days). If the tenant does not move out, the landlord may begin rental eviction procedings.

Q: If a landlord suspects that something illegal is going on in a rental unit, can he/she enter when the tenant is not there and look around?
A: In most cases, no. Even police must get a search warrant to enter a residence to search if it is suspected that illegal activities are happening. Not only is it against the law, it may also be dangerous for the landlord. Some states allow the landlord to enter the property in emergency situations "for the protection or preservation of the premises," but this rule varies. Check your local statutes.

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