FAQ Tag: eviction process

My lease terms say that if the tenant is in default I can change the locks, or skip the pay or vacate notice. Is this enforceable?

No. No matter what the tenant agreed to in the lease,  a landlord must go through the court process. A landlord may never change the locks, or engage in any similar self-help eviction tactics. It makes no difference what the lease terms are. It makes no difference that the landlord may […]

Can I just serve a Notice to Terminate Tenancy a/k/a “20-day” notice, and then call the sheriff/change locks?

No. With the notice to terminate tenancy a/k/a “20-day” notice the landlord must go through the exact same court eviction process as with a 3-day notice to pay rent or vacate and/or 10-day notice to comply or vacate. If the tenant does not comply with the notice, the notice to terminate tenancy is […]