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Know Your Rights: Renters' Rights
Free Legal Aid provides useful information about eviction. In addition to the video here, be sure you check out other resources.
If you are late with the rent, landlords in most states can immediately send you a termination notice for nonpayment of rent giving you a few days in which to pay up or move before the landlord can file for eviction. These are usually called Pay Rent or Quit notices. check to learn more.
Here is a list of the eviction and housing forms that are available, free of charge, at the Civil Law Self-Help Center. Eviction Notices, "Summary" Eviction Forms for Landlords, "Summary" Eviction Forms for Tenants, "Formal" Eviction Forms.... check to learn more.
The unlawful detainer process is driven by state and local statutes. It is a precise procedure that must be followed carefully. If the tenant does not voluntarily vacate after the service and expiration of the notice, you must prepare an "Unlawful Detainer" lawsuit. check to learn more.
You will only be entitled to bring court proceedings to evict your tenant if you have served the proper possession notice first and waited until the notice period has expired. If you are looking to repossess from your tenant because of rent arrears, consider whether there is any alternative first. check to learn more.
There are times when a landlord and a tenant cannot resolve a conflict on their own. In these situations, a landlord may take the tenant to court to recover possession of the unit. Here are the basics of landlord tenant court. check to learn more.