What is an eviction?
An "eviction" is a legal proceeding by which the landlord seeks to reclaim the premises and put the tenant out.
If you are a landlord, you should find out the legal grounds for evicting a tenant as well as the proper notification requirements. A tenant could receive compensation for costs paid because of unlawful eviction.
If you are a tenant, you need to know how you can defend yourself against an unjustifiable eviction. To protect yourself, know what your lease says. Also find out the eviction laws in your area:
- contact your lawyer
- contact your local government—many cities have a department of consumer affairs or housing department to help you
- if your rent is subsidized, check whether the subsidy program will help
- ask the local library for the municipal code regulations on eviction