What does eviction mean?


An eviction is when a landlord who owns a property removes a tenant who is occupying that property. A formal eviction requires the tenant and landlord to go through a legal process.

Evictions may occur if the tenant does not follow the rules agreed to in the landlord’s lease, and in some areas, landlords do not need a reason to evict. Tenants may be evicted for a number of reasons, including not paying rent, destruction of property, illegal activity, disrupting other tenants on the property, or violating rules of a lease.

More Evictions FAQs from Low Income Households

  • What does a typical eviction notice look like?
  • Can I get evicted for not paying rent?
  • How does the eviction process work?
  • Where can I find help if I got an eviction notice?
  • Will eviction moratoria be extended?