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All landlords would love nothing more than to have tenants who always pay their rent on time and take proper care of the property. However, that’s not always the case when it comes to rental properties. Landlords are generally forbidden by state law from taking actions commonly referred to as “self-help” methods if they want to remove a tenant from their property. When a landlord has a legal right to evict a tenant depends on the state in which the property is located. Yet, when landlords have the legal right and want to evict a tenant, they must follow landlord-tenant laws and issue an eviction notice.Get started now ›
An eviction notice must be state specific. This means that it must contain certain things in order for it to be legal. The eviction notice must follow the laws of the state where the rental property is located. This is an important point for landlords who live in a different state than the property is located.
An eviction notice must be properly served to the tenant. In most states, the landlord may not serve the tenant directly. Instead, they must someone who meets the process serving guidelines in their state. If the landlord files a suit in housing or small claims court to complete the legal eviction process, they may be able to pay a small fee to the court so that the county sheriff serves the tenant.
Each state has a law that discusses the amount of time that the tenant should receive (notice) to correct an issue (such as not paying rent) or they must move out. Basic eviction notices should include:
An eviction notice template can save landlords and property management companies a lot of time and effort when it comes to the very trying and often stressful process of evictions. With that said, you should have your eviction notice template reviewed by a landlord-tenant attorney in your state to make sure that it is legal and includes any state specific elements.