Eviction procedures exist to remove a tenant who violates terms of his lease or ownership. A majority of evictions are undertaken when a tenant fails to pay rent. However, eviction actions also are initiated when a tenant has violated other lease terms, including damages to the premises beyond normal wear and tear.
Providing a tenant with notice of the lease violation is the first step in the eviction process.
In most states, the notice provides the tenant with three days to correct the violation (pay the rent, for example) or vacate the premises.
File Law Suit
After failing to vacate or correct the lease violation, a landlord can file a lawsuit seeking to have the tenant evicted from the property.
At a court trial, evidence is presented pertaining to the nonpayment of rent or other underlying lease violation. If the landlord prevails, an order of eviction is issued.
Removal of Tenant
The sheriff or deputies physically will remove a tenant from the property within a set period of time after the court trial. This time frame varies from state to state.