What should you include in an eviction letter to a tenant?


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An eviction letter to a tenant should include the name and address of both the landlord and the tenant, what the tenant did to violate the lease and the steps the tenant must take to avoid eviction. Other requirements vary, depending on the state where the rental property is located.

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What should you include in an eviction letter to a tenant?
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Requirements for eviction depend on whether the tenant signed a lease with a landlord or if the rental is based on a month-to-month lease. In the case of a lease agreement, the landlord can evict tenants who break terms lined out in a written lease signed by both parties, and the eviction takes place 30 days after the last 30-day rental period the tenant has paid. In the case of a month-to-month lease, the landlord can evict a tenant at any time as long as notice is provided in writing, usually between 7 and 30 days, depending on the state.

If a tenant breaks the terms of the written and signed lease, the landlord must clearly explain the breach in the eviction letter and provide the tenant with a chance to remedy the situation within a certain time frame. Reasons for eviction can include failure to pay rent, significant property damage, breaking restrictions on guests, pets or noise. Safety or health issues caused by the tenant are also grounds for eviction.

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