How to Evict a Month to Month Tenant

by April Lee - Updated September 26, 2017
Learn how to evict a month-to-month tenant.

There are several reasons why a landlord may wish to evict a month-to-month tenant. Perhaps the tenant is violating the law, fails to pay rent or acts violently. Maybe the landlord wishes to sell the property and needs the tenant to leave in order to complete the sales transaction. Whatever the reason, landlords must exercise caution when evicting tenants so as not to violate the law or the privacy and safety of tenants.

Determine why the tenant should be evicted. Common reasons a landlord would evict a tenant include failure to pay rent, failure to keep agreements stated in the lease contract, damage to landlord’s property or refusal to leave the rented space after the lease finishes.

Collect evidence that the tenant has broken an agreement in the lease, damaged property or failed to pay rent. Include third-party witnesses to the lawbreaking. Any adult not involved in the dispute can be a witness. Add documented evidence to their written and signed testimony, such as photographs. While doing so, make sure to follow all laws and do not violate tenant privacy

Send a three-day notice to the tenant, stating the reason for eviction, the name of every tenant who signed the lease and the correct and complete address of the property that the tenants rented, including the county of residence and apartment number. If the reason for eviction was failure to pay rent, then include only the rent that the tenant has refused to pay, not any late fees or other charges you have added.

Contact the county sheriff’s office and ask for an officer to serve the tenant a 30-day notice of eviction. Take this step if the tenant has broken no common tenant laws but you still want to evict, and if the tenant has not rented that space for more than a year. If the tenant has rented that property over a year, have the county sheriff deliver a 60-day notice to the tenant. When writing the details of the notice, leave out the purpose of eviction. State only that the lease agreement allows the landlord to evict the tenant in 60 days time after the issue of a notice.

Tips

  • Other than these general guidelines, check with the city and county clerks for literature and advice on local landlord-tenant laws, watching for special legal procedures that need to be taken in an eviction process.

About the Author

April Lee started writing professionally in 2009. She is the marketing writer for an independently owned cheese business. She attended the University of North Texas and majored in English.

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