Evicting a Tenant in Utah: A Landlord's Guide for Evictions

Utah is usually known as the "Beehive State", and that's perhaps an apt metaphor for dealing with problem tenants. As someone who owns and rents property in Utah, you may have tenants stinging you with major rental violations.

  • Wednesday, July 13, 2016

  General   Legal   Utah   Eviction Guide   

Utah is usually known as the "Beehive State", and that's perhaps an apt metaphor for dealing with problem tenants. As someone who owns and rents property in Utah, you may have tenants stinging you with major rental violations. Some of these violations might include failure to pay rent, or doing damage to the property.

While this gives you legal right to seek eviction, you have to follow the law carefully or face another sting from the courts. Here's more about evicting a tenant in Utah: A quick guide for landlords.

A Three-Day Notice With Cause

This more technical three-day notice in Utah is one allowing you to evict someone within three days if they don't fix a violation in your initial agreement. In this case, if they amend the violation, you won't evict them.

Some cases merit a demand the tenant move out with three days with no chance to amend an issue. When they do more egregious violations like maintaining an illegal business in your property, or subletting the unit without your consent, you have a right to send an eviction notice without correction.

It's when the tenant does nothing when you'll have to take more drastic measures. Unfortunately, you might find this scenario more common than not.

Can You Terminate an Agreement Without Cause?

In some states, you can't always terminate a rental agreement without a good reason. You can do it without cause in Utah, though only in temporary agreements going month by month, or fixed-term leases.

With the month-to-month system, you have to provide a move-out notice 15 days before the agreement ends. You don't need to give a notice for fixed-term leases since you can verbally request the tenant move out at end of the term.

When tenants don't abide by these notices, your next step is to seek tenant removal.

Can You Remove a Tenant Easily in Utah?

You have to win an eviction lawsuit before you can legally remove the tenant from your property. It's not always easy since they might sue you for discrimination, or if you fail to keep up the rental unit. Also, if you try to force them out by turning off utilities, you'll find yourself in legal trouble.

Take a look at how tenants can use the law to fight back so you know what to prepare for in your lawsuit.

In the end, only a law enforcement officer with a court order (from a district court judge) has legal authority to remove trouble tenants.

Keep reading us at VerticalRent as we explore all U.S. eviction laws.


VerticalRent® is not a law firm, and the employees of VerticalRent® are not acting as your attorney.Our free eviction notice service is not a substitute for the sound advice of a local attorney, whom is familiar with your local laws and regulations.VerticalRent® cannot provide you with legal advice, nor are we permitted to engage in the practice of law.Therefore, we are prohibited from providing you with any sort of advice, opinion, explanation, or recommendation about your possible legal rights – which may include remedies, options, defenses, or the selection of landlord forms available on the VerticalRent platform.

Our platform is designed to provide landlords and property managers with an education portal to share ideas, connect with one another, screen applicants, collect rent online, advertise vacancies, and generate free landlord forms.To that extent, our blog and community often publishes general information on legal issues commonly encountered by landlords – such as evicting tenants.

Although VerticalRent takes every reasonably effort possible to ensure the accuracy of its consumer reports and landlord forms, we do not guarantee or warrant the information to be correct, complete, or up - to - date.The law changes rapidly in across the United States, from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

Finally, it should be noted that VerticalRent is not responsible for any loss, injury, claim, damage, or liability related to the use of our landlord forms or consumer reports generated from this platform.

comments powered by Disqus
Get Started For Free!     Have some questions? Check out our FAQs.
FREE TENANT CHECK     Evaluate Credit, Criminal, & Eviction »