Nonpayment of rent is the most common reason for eviction, but any recurring or uncorrected lease violation can lead to a tenant's removal, states the Legal Information Institute. Landlords may also evict renters who conduct illegal activities in the premises or cause extensive damage to the property, according to FindLaw.
In many states, property owners can issue an eviction notice without cause as long as tenants receive 30 to 60 days notice in accordance with state regulations, explains FindLaw. Landlords may also choose to remove tenants when a lease agreement expires instead of renewing the agreement without providing a legal reason.
There are three common types of eviction notices, according to Nolo.com. A pay or quit notice is due to nonpayment of rent and typically gives the tenant three to five days to pay all rent owed and avoid eviction. Cure or quit notices are issued when there is a lease violation and also provide the tenant with the opportunity to rectify the situation. An unconditional quit notice usually demands immediate removal of the tenant. In most states, this type of notice is only served in cases of repeated lease violations, habitual late payments, notice of illegal activity or serious property damage.
Eviction law varies depending on the state where the rental property is located, meaning causes for eviction vary from state to state as well. The language within the lease agreement may also govern a landlord's rights to evict a tenant, states the Legal Information Institute.