Typically, the tenant misses a rent payment, and that is the reason for bringing the eviction in the first place. At that point, the landlord has to decide whether the landlord wants the tenant to pay and stay, or just wants the tenant to move out. If the landlord wants the tenant to pay and stay, then I would recommend bringing the eviction only for the reason of unpaid rent. However, if the landlord wants the tenant to move out, then I would look for other lease violations, in addition to unpaid rent, that you could include in the eviction complaint.
The reason is that the tenant can request a trial at the eviction hearing, but the tenant has to pay to get a trial if the eviction is brought for unpaid rent alone, but does not have to pay to get a trial if the eviction is brought for unpaid rent and for a different lease violation.
Every landlord – tenant situation is unique, and I recommend that landlords talk to an attorney experienced in evictions and landlord tenant law before taking action To that end, I invite landlords to give me a call at 763-450-9494 to discuss their unique situation. I typically do not represent tenants.
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