An Intro to Illegal Evictions
Facing eviction is a stressful event in anyone’s life. It’s important to know whether or not your eviction is legal or illegal before you make plans to leave. An eviction attorney can help you sort this out.
An illegal eviction is an eviction that does not fall under local eviction law. Don’t mistake a landlord for being out of the bounds of these laws. Both tenants and landlords are subject to these laws. You can find your housing laws with your regional housing agency or an eviction attorney.
If you are illegally evicted, you are able to sue for compensation that will cover the expenses related to the illegal eviction. Whether or not the eviction is illegal or not largely depends on the rental agreement signed by the landlord and tenant.
The landlord must explicitly state all eviction terms in the rental contract and give enough notice of eviction for the renter to address it properly. They cannot evict people if the tenant did not violate the terms of the agreement or if they did not give proper notification.
The landlord can also not evict the tenant if they are withholding rent due to a health and safety hazard that the landlord refuses to fix. For more information, click on the link above.