Tenant Fails to Pay Rent or to Pay Rent on Time Landlords can evict a tenant for not paying rent in accordance with the terms of the rental agreement. The rental agreement may be oral or written. The bottom line is the tenant can't stay rent-free. Generally, the landlord cannot evict a tenant for non-payment of late fee or utilities, only non-payment of rent. Note: if the landlord accepts rent from the Tenant with knowledge of the tenant's prior non-payment, then the landlord waives the right to evict.
Non-Compliance with the Written Lease Agreement Landlords can evict a tenant for non-compliance or repeat non-compliance with terms of the written rental agreement or some provisions of the law. Some examples of non-compliance with the written rental agreement includes:
Unapproved or unauthorized occupants
Unapproved or unauthorized pets
Nuisance Complaint by other tenant
Improper use of the property
Unapproved or unauthorized subletting of the rental unit
Tenant Fails to Vacate After Termination of a Written Lease Agreement If the written rental agreement has terminated (at the end of the lease), or the landlord has terminated the rental agreement with proper notice, then the tenant is no longer in legal possession of the property. The tenant remains on the property without the consent of the landlord after termination of a rental agreement. The landlord may file an eviction case in court.