7 Common Ways Washington DC Tenants can be Evicted

Facing or enforcing an eviction is uncomfortable for every party involved. However, it is important to note, not all evictions are due to tenants’ bad behavior.  As property managers, we feel we have responsibility to inform both homeowners and tenants on why evictions happen. Here are the top 10 reasons why a tenant would be evicted from a Washington DC property.

1. Not Paying Rent

If the monthly rent on a property is not paid, it is ground for immediate eviction, if you have signed a lease waiving the right to notice. Tenants who have not waived their right to notice, do have the opportunity to rectify the situation by paying the entire amount in full, after being served with an eviction notice.

2. Violating Terms of a Lease

A lease is a contract that explicitly states the terms for the leasing period between landlord and tenant. Violating the terms of a signed lease could result in a written warning from a landlord. If the tenant behavior is not adjusted (usually within a 30 day period) to be compliant with the lease terms, an eviction can be enforced.

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3. Illegal Acts Performed on Rental Property

This is pretty straight forward. An immediate eviction is issued for any tenant performing illegal acts on any Washington DC property. No questions asked.

4. Landlord Or Buyer Occupation

There are instances, especially in a transient city like D.C., where landlords move back from overseas or out of state, and expect to reoccupy their homes. In cases where the owner of a property wants to sell the home, they first have to present the current tenants with the opportunity of purchase. An eviction is served when the opportunity is foregone and the buyers of the home want to move into the space.

5. Renovation, Demolition, Rehabilitate

Landlords serve tenants eviction notices for three different types of construction: renovation, demolition and rehabilitation. In the instance that a home is under renovation or rehabilitation, an eviction is only served if the extent of the work being performed resulted in the home being completely uninhabitable.

6. Landlord Exhaustion

There are a few cases that tenants receive an eviction due entirely to the fact that a landlord simply no longer wants to rent the property.

7. Property Conversion

Last, tenants can be evicted if the landlord wants to convert the property into a condominium or a cooperative space.

For anyone looking for a comprehensive resource list over eviction, check out the website for The Office of Tenant Advocate for a comprehensive breakdown of the judicial process of an eviction. Tenants can also check here for other resources like, legal representation.

Looking for something further? Visit our Tenant Resource Center to submit a work order. Visit our Client Resource Center to log into your account. Check out our awesome DMV located rentals. For homeowners looking for someone to thoroughly vet tenants or  property management services check us out!

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