Connecticut Eviction Attorney
When it comes to evicting a tenant, landlords must take care to obey the law. No landlord can evict a tenant without following proper legal procedures.
The first step in an eviction is to have just cause to evict. There are a few typical reasons why a landlord may evict a tenant.
The reasons for eviction the law is most likely to support are:
- failure to pay rent
- violent behavior
- destructive behavior
- breach of lease
It’s difficult for a landlord to evict a tenant who is paying rent, but it is not impossible. Usually, if you have a lease, you cannot evict a tenant unless that tenant breaches or violates the lease. Additionally, certain types of egregious behavior like major property damage or violation of laws can lead to a successful eviction.
The exact terms of your lease are critical in eviction law. If you are thinking of evicting a tenant, or in the process of being evicted, it’s a good idea to have a lawyer look over your lease as soon as possible to determine if the eviction is fully lawful.
If you decide you have just cause to evict, you must give your tenant notice of eviction. You cannot order a person to leave immediately or change the locks at your whim. Legal procedures must be followed for an eviction to be valid.
Evictions typically follow a pattern: service of a notice to quit followed by an appropriate summons and complaint duly served in accord with state law. Legal representation is critical in following the steps properly. Lack of legal representation often leads to a great deal of lost time or having to repeat steps which were not completed properly, to a landlord’s detriment.