Landlords can evict tenants for reasons including being late with rent at least once, violating a clause in the lease and conducting illegal activity on the property, according to Nolo. Many tenants who have month-to-month leases can also be evicted without reason as long as proper notice is given.
Tenants who are evicted after a pay-rent-or-quit notice usually have not paid the rent, says Nolo. Before eviction, they have three to five days in most states to remedy the rent imbalance. Tenants who are evicted after receiving a cure-or-quit notice have broken a lease clause, such as a no-pets rule, and have not fixed the situation within the given time frame. Unconditional-quit notices occur after repeated violations, such as being late on rent, or egregious violations, such as dealing drugs in the apartment.
Tenants on month-to-month leases often can be evicted without being given a reason as long as the proper time frame for notice is given, explains Nolo. Time frames in most states are usually 30 or 60 days. However, exceptions to the no-reason-needed rule exist in some rent-control cities. In such situations, landlords must provide a reason that is legal under the jurisdiction's guidelines. As of 2014, New Jersey and New Hampshire also practice this principle, called the just-cause eviction protection.