What Are the Four Grounds for Eviction of a Tenant From a Rental Apartment?


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The four most common grounds for evicting tenants from rental apartments in almost every state are the violation of the rental agreement or lease, untimely rent payment, property damage and the use of the premises for illegal purposes. These provide important legal grounds for renters who wish to evict tenants.

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Violation of the lease or rental agreement can include any contract violation, such as the tenant ignoring a "no pets" clause. Untimely rent payment may be grounds for eviction, but some areas provide a buffer period, meaning that the untimely payment must be habitual in those cases. Damage to property, beyond the expected wear and scruff, can be grounds for eviction, as well as illegal use of the premises, including selling drugs.

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