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March 18, 2013

Renting a Home


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

>>What is an eviction?
>>What are the legal grounds for eviction in most areas?
>>What happens in court?
>>Can a tenant legally withhold rent?
>>Where can I get more information?

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