How can a landlord evict a Section 8 Housing tenant?


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In order to evict a Section 8 Housing tenant, a landlord must obtain a court order, provide proper service of the eviction notice and demonstrate at least one of the four causes for eviction which have been defined by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The landlord must show, for example, that the tenant has committed either a serous tenancy violation or has committed repeated minor violations, has violated a local, state or federal law that imposes a specific obligation upon the tenant with regard to the property or has engaged in a criminal activity or drug abuse.

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Examples of serious violations include failure to pay rent, failure to provide proof of citizenship or eligibility, providing fraudulent information and failure to sign verification consent forms. Minor violations include behavior that has an adverse effect on the health and safety of others, interference with the right of others to enjoy the peaceful enjoyment of their premises or actions that are detrimental to the financial value of the property.

HUD has also provided an "other good cause" standard for Section 8 tenant eviction that can include a history of disturbing neighbors, damaging property or poor housekeeping that results in damage to the landlord's property. In the case of a landlord's discovery that a Section 8 tenant has engaged in some form of criminal activity, obtaining a court order for eviction does not require that the tenant has been convicted or arrested.

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