The attorneys at LeBaron & Jensen are dedicated to making your life as a property manager or landlord easier. We find ways to help you remain protected against tenants that try and retaliate following an eviction, or tenants that file bankruptcy, refuse to pay rent, have broken the terms of the contract, or are causing you serious problems.
Steps to Evict a Tenant
It you have a non-paying tenant; you can follow these three steps to evict them from your property:
- Serve an Eviction Notice– The eviction notice will end the lease. The notice serves as a demand letter telling the tenants that they will face an eviction lawsuit if they fail to adhere to the notice. The eviction notice must be handled properly and must be carefully worded because it serves as the foundation for the eviction. If a tenant has caused multiple violations, the landlord must serve multiple eviction notices. The more documentation a landlord has, the more evidence they have to apply to their case. Call LeBaron & Jensen for a free landlord consultation to make sure you are in compliance with the correct eviction notices.
- Filing an Eviction Notice with the Court – If the tenant does not comply with the eviction notice, the landlord will need to file an eviction lawsuit with Utah courts. Most of our clients will call our Layton law firm at this stage of the process as it is quite complex. The evictions are usually completed 2-3 weeks after filing and the locks can then be changed.
- Performing the Lockout – After the eviction is filed, landlords are able to step back as the sheriff’s office will get involved and will change the locks. Hire an attorney to make sure your eviction is handled in the correct way.