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.
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