Financial Scams notes that an eviction can stay on a credit report for up to seven years. Typically the landlord does not send the information to the credit bureaus. When a landlord evicts a tenant through court action, the eviction appears on a credit report as a public record.
According to Financial Scams, an eviction can also show on a credit report if the landlord engages the assistance of a collection agency to collect the amount due. The Los Angeles Times reports that when a landlord uses a court to evict a tenant, there is a 60 day period after the case is filed during which no one but the parties involved can access the eviction information in California. After the 60 days has passed, if the tenant does not win the case, the landlord does not dismiss the eviction or both parties agree in court to keep the eviction case restricted the information becomes part of public record and appears on a credit report.