Eviction is when a landlord requires a tenant to move out of the unit they are renting. The landlord may not be forthcoming with their reasons for evicting you. In some cases you may have to guess. A landlord is required to give you notice. There are instances though where they require immediate evacuation. Note that if you are often evicted, then you should audit your ability to be a good tenant. The problem could be you. Frequent evictions will get in the way of getting a new place to live. Below are some of the reasons for eviction. Maybe if you know the possible reasons, you might avoid it.

1. Rent

Do you keep paying your rent late or not paying at all? This is the surest way to get thrown out of the house. If you do not pay the landlord then you are basically staying at the unit for free. You are using utilities for free. You are costing the landlord money. You are also preventing the landlord from renting out the unit to a more responsible person. You should therefore not be surprised if you are evicted from the house. In fact after the second month you should expect it and keep your things packed.

2. Disruption

Are you a noisy person? Are you constantly causing a ruckus in the building because you are either drunk or simply just domestically violent? Do you come in at night making noise, insulting people, breaking things among other bad things? People will complain. People will be annoyed by your behavior. The landlord will surely side with everyone else in the building. The landlord will not risk losing other tenants for the one. It will be worse if you disrupt things while the landlord is around, he/she could evict you on the spot.

3. Damage

Do you keep ruining things in the unit? It is a broken window one day and a ruined faucet the next. Or maybe you are always ruining the neighbors’ things. They will surely complain about it. These events may be accidental but at some point the landlord will start to think you are simply just careless. If you damage things but always refuse to pay for them then you will clash with the landlord. You should always offer to pay for any damage you cause. You should also try to be careful with other people’s property.

4. Illegal Activity

No one likes to have a criminal in their building. Not only does it endanger the other tenants, it also puts the landlord a t risk of being considered in cahoots with the criminal. Therefore, if there is even a little suspicion that you are conducting illegal or unsavory activity. Maybe you are always getting visits from shady looking people. Or maybe you live in a really expensive house but do not seem to have a discernible source of income. Maybe all of it is innocent and everyone should mind their own business. However, this attitude may work against you and get you evicted for suspicion of engaging in criminal activity.

5. Alternative Use

The landlord might decide to use the building for other purposes. They might decide to turn it into a commercial property. Or they may decide to sell the building to someone who has different ideas on how to utilize the building. In this case, the eviction will be more cordial. You will be given more than ample notice except in specific circumstances. Therefore, you will have enough time to find a new place and settle down. You should start looking as soon as you find out about the landlord’s intentions though.

6. Overcrowding

As you are preparing to move in, most landlords will want to know how many people will live in the unit. However, if over time you keep moving new people in until it is overcrowded and utilities become too expensive for the landlord. This might tick off the landlord. It may also annoy the neighbors to the point of complaining. Some landlords may not mind but most will. Overcrowding in the building poses a security risk in addition to the utilities issue.

7. Rule Breaking

If you like to pride yourself as a person who is not confined by the rules then you might find yourself getting evicted more often than not. Is it a rule to always keep the gate locked but you do not care to do it? Is it the building rule to keep to a certain amount of water during rationing but you do not? Rules are meant to promote peace, fairness and safety of residents. If you do not care to follow them then you are inconveniencing other tenants. You are risking their safety and wellbeing. The landlord might decide it best to give you an opportunity to live in a more liberal building.

8. Fall Out with Landlord

You may clash with the landlord for one reason or another. Or the landlord might dislike you for their own personal reasons. In this case, they might decide that they could do without seeing your face ever. There really is nothing you can do about a person who decides they do not want you on their property. The only instance in which you can do something is if they refuse to give your deposit back or evict you at night with no notice whatsoever.

The bottom line of reasons to be evicted is that if the landlord is pissed and/or neighbors complain then you are a prime candidate for eviction. If you do not want to be evicted just be a nice person and try to be mindful of the terms of tenancy. In some cases, it will be unavoidable though. All the best.