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Landlord's Eviction Rights In Peoria

At The Law Offices of C. Edwin Walker, we provide landlords representation in removing troublesome renters and tenants from properties. This can be a complicated process, and we have the experienced legal guidance you need to protect your interests.

A landlord has the right to evict a tenant, who is breaking the terms of the lease, for a range of reasons, including:

  • Illegal activity such as drug use, drug manufacturing, prostitution or using the property to conduct illegal business
  • Failure to pay rent
  • Failure of the tenant to uphold the terms of the lease

Our attorneys will evaluate the situation and determine if you have legal grounds for removing the tenant, and then help you create a strategy for removing the individual or family as quickly as possible. This minimizes disruption in your business and helps you move a new renter in more quickly.

To learn more about how we can help you understand your landlord rights, please call our Peoria, Illinois, firm today.

What Is The Process For Evicting A Tenant? A Guide To The Eviction Process.

  • Written notice — The first step in eviction is providing the tenant with a written notice that he or she is to leave the property.
  • Starting the legal process with the courts — If the tenant does not leave and resists your written efforts, you must start the legal process with the courts. After filing a suit against the tenant, he or she must be served with a court summons.
  • Going to court — These cases are generally handled before a judge who will determine if the landlord has legal grounds to remove the tenant. If the judge decides in favor of the landlord, law enforcement can be called upon to remove the tenant.

It is wise to work with an eviction lawyer to complete this process to ensure that you do not violate the tenant's legal rights, creating additional problems for you and your business interests. Some landlords are tempted to take matters into their own hands, trying to intimidate the tenant into leaving. This can result in illegal actions and liability for the landlord. These ill-advised actions include:

  • Simply ordering the tenant to leave
  • Threatening or intimidating the tenant
  • Changing the locks
  • Turning off utilities
  • Moving or damaging the tenant's property

If the matter goes to court, a judge could hold you responsible for these actions, resulting in penalties and consequences. We provide legal representation that keeps you on a clear path to removing the tenant and protecting your interests.

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