How Long Does It Take To Evict A Tenant?

Performance Property Real Estate Question

Q: Gerald, we just bought a rental property and I want to prepare myself for any eventuality. How long does it take to evict a tenant? Phil, Stamford, Ct.

A: Landlord-tenant laws vary significantly from place to place, so the eviction process varies significantly from place to place as well.  Tenants generally are allowed more time if the eviction is without cause, as opposed to evictions with cause.   An example of an eviction without cause would be an eviction to allow a landlord to renovate a property.  An example of an eviction with cause  would be an eviction for non-payment of rent.   In some places, there are eviction moratoriums during certain times of the year like around Christmas.  Nobody, no matter how knowledgeable they are is going to be able to predict precisely how long it will take to evict a tenant, however, it’s always smart to research the local landlord-tenant statutes in your local real estate market and speak with an experienced real estate attorney that specializes in landlord-tenant law.

Thanks for your question, Phil, good luck.

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