Eviction is the removal of a tenant from rental property by the landlord. In some jurisdictions it may also involve the removal of persons from premises that were foreclosed by a mortgagee (often, the prior owners who defaulted on a mortgage).

Depending on the laws of the jurisdiction, eviction may also be known as unlawful detainer, summary possession, summary dispossess, summary process, forcible detainer, ejectment, and repossession, among other terms. Nevertheless, the term eviction is the most commonly used in communications between the landlord and tenant. Depending on the jurisdiction involved, before a tenant can be evicted, a landlord must win an eviction lawsuit or prevail in another step in the legal process. It should be borne in mind that eviction, as with ejectment and certain other related terms, has precise meanings only in certain historical contexts (e.g., under the English common law of past centuries), or with respect to specific jurisdictions. In present-day practice and procedure, there has come to be a wide variation in the content of these terms from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

The legal aspects, procedures, and provisions for eviction, by whatever name, vary even between countries or states with similar legal structures.

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Erik Henningsen's painting Eviction held by the National Gallery of Denmark.1892
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RIC and Hussars at an eviction-Ireland 1898
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Two men with children, being evicted, stand with their possessions on the sidewalk, circa 1910, on the Lower East Side of New York City.

The eviction process

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Flow Diagram of the Eviction Process in British Columbia, Canada

Most jurisdictions do not permit the landlord to evict a tenant without first taking legal action to do so (commonly referred to as a "self-help" eviction; such actions include changing locks, removing items from the premises, or terminating utility services). Such evictions are generally illegal at any time during the process (including after a landlord wins an eviction suit); a tenant facing such measures may sue the landlord. However, self-help evictions may be permitted in some jurisdictions when commercial tenants are involved, as opposed to residential tenants.


Prior to filing a suit in court for eviction, generally the landlord must provide written notice to the tenant (commonly called a notice to quit or notice to vacate).

Lawsuit and trial

If the tenant remains in possession of the property after the notice to vacate has expired, the landlord can then serve the tenant with a lawsuit.

Depending on the jurisdiction, the tenant may be required to submit a written response by a specified date, after which time another date is set for the trial. Other jurisdictions may simply require the tenant to appear in court on a specified date. Eviction cases are often expedited since the issue is time-sensitive (the landlord loses rental income while the tenant remains in possession). A jury trial may be requested by either party, however until the late 2000s that was very uncommon.[1]

Removal from the property

As mentioned above, most jurisdictions do not allow a landlord to evict a tenant without legal action being taken first, even if the landlord is successful in court.

Instead, the landlord would have to obtain a writ of possession from the court and present it to the appropriate law enforcement officer. The officer then posts a notice for the tenant on the property that the officer will remove the tenant and any other people on the property, though some jurisdictions will not enforce the writ if, on that day, inclement weather is taking place.[2]

No-fault evictions

As gentrification and the re-population of urban centers by wealthier residents takes place, no-fault evictions are used as a tool to displace tenants in cities with rent control. In California, for example, the Ellis Act allows eviction of rent-controlled tenants if the landlord intends to no longer rent any portion of an apartment building (i.e., landlords cannot be compelled to rent). The Ellis Act has been applied to rentals in San Francisco,[3][4] Santa Monica and Los Angeles.

Just-cause evictions

Some areas have "just cause eviction" laws, which prevents evictions for reasons other than an approved list. For example, the law in Seattle, Washington requires a court order (and in some cases relocation assistance) and allows evictions for:[5]

  • Failure to pay rent or late payments after written warning more than four times per year
  • The tenant has failed to correct a violation of the lease or laws concerning public nuisance, sanitation, unlawful business, or habitually causes warnings to be issued with corrections made
  • The owner's family is moving into the unit, and no adequate other units are available
  • The sale of a single-family home
  • Tenant-employees who are no longer employees
  • Renovation, demolition, or conversion to non-residential use
  • Violation of a legal requirement, such as building suitability or number of occupants
  • Tenants who live with the owner
  • If drug or health and safety-related crimes are committed (by the tenant or with the tenant's consent) on the property, street, or neighboring properties

Massachusetts law allows landlords to evict leased tenants only if one of three conditions are met:

  • Failure to pay rent
  • Violation of the terms of the lease agreement by the tenant
  • Excessive damage caused to the rental property by the tenant or persons under the tenant's control


United States

In the United States of America, rules for evictions and the eviction process are ruled by each state, local county, and city rules.

See also


  1. ^ Aron, Hillel (2014-12-10). "How "Superman of Renters" Daniel Bramzon Revolutionized L.A.'s Eviction-Defense Industry". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved 2016-10-07.
  2. ^ "Eviction". Texas Tenant Advisor. Austin, Texas: Texas Low Income Housing Information Service. Retrieved 2019-02-27. If it is raining, sleeting, or snowing you cannot be removed.
  3. ^ "Ellis Act Evictions, San Francisco". Anti-Eviction Mapping Project. San Francisco, California. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  4. ^ "2015 Promises to Be a Battleground Year for Ellis Act Evictions". The Bold Italic. A Medium Corporation. 22 January 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Seattle Municipal Code, section 22.206.160 - Duties of owners". Municipal Code Corporation. Retrieved 2019-02-27.

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Slum clearance, slum eviction or slum removal is an urban renewal strategy used to transform low income settlements with poor reputation into another type of development or housing. The clearance of the slum destroys low income homes as well as illegal squatting sites, displacing inhabitants into different housing areas with the intent of breaking up continuous zones of poverty.

This has long been a strategy for redeveloping urban communities; for example slum clearance plans were required in the United Kingdom in the Housing Act 1930. Similarly the Housing Act of 1937 encouraged similar strategies in the United States. Frequently, but not always, these programs were paired with public housing or other assistance programs for the displaced communities.

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