General obligations of landlords and tenants Landlord-tenant disputes are a common occurrence in the renting process, and many can be avoided if both parties are aware of their rights and responsibilities.
Eviction A landlord may not evict a tenant without a court order. The landlord may begin eviction proceedings if a tenant:
Fails to pay rent.
Violates terms of the lease.
Injures the lessor or another tenant.
Allows drug-related criminal activity on the premises.
Fails to vacate at the end of the lease term.
Gambles illegally on the property.
The tenant will receive a notice that an eviction lawsuit has been filed and will have the opportunity to be heard in court before any eviction.
FAQ: Q - How do I evict a tenant for non-payment of rent? A - To evict a tenant for non-payment only, you need to submit a Petition for Non-Payment of Rent form with court costs and service fee. (This form is not available at our office; however it may be purchased from many office supply companies and some housing associations.) Upon filing, you will be given a court date, generally within 15 business days. If the judge rules in your favor, you will be given a judgment of possession. If tenant fails to vacate the property, you can file an execution (service fee required) and the Sheriff's Department will stand-by while the eviction is enforced.