Evictions involve requiring a tenant to move out of rental property for several reasons. This can be done using the agreed-upon lease terms and conditions or without notice. Immediate eviction can be initiated because of natural disasters without notices or warnings. In such situations, affected tenants must move from their residence to live somewhere else.
Eviction by the landlord
Landlords invoke a process to remove tenants by legal means. Evictions of this type are used when a tenant repeatedly goes against the landlord-tenant agreement in any of several ways.
- Giving a warning for a tenant to change their behavior. A tenant who always goes against the rules in the lease risks being evicted. A landlord can give several warnings to a tenant before evicting him. Reasons for warnings include:
- Constantly disturbing neighbors by making unnecessary noise.
- Using an apartment for illegal purposes.
- Constantly damaging the rental property.
- Failure to pay rent for several months.
- Giving eviction notices. This is the final stage of eviction that involves printing out eviction notices and serving them to tenants. In some cases, rental agreements, a tenant is given a 30-day notice to vacate. In others, leases, it’s a 3-day notice.
- Involving the authorities. This is the last stage of eviction where the tenant and landlord go before a judge, and the landlord tries to get the judge to agree to order the tenant out. If he does order a tenant evicted, sheriff’s deputies move the tenant and his things off the property.
Forceful eviction by natural calamities
Natural calamities are not predictable as to time and place. They include volcanic eruptions, landslides, tsunamis, and many others, causing people to forcefully move. Some of the most common natural disasters include:
- Earthquakes. People living in areas associated with earthquakes should always be ready for anything. There are measures put in place to build houses that are resistant to earthquakes.
- Floods. This is caused by rainfalls with great amounts of water. Heavy rains cause a risk of landslides, water carrying away houses, among other associated dangers. Below is a picture of a city with floods.
- Volcanoes. Erupting volcanoes should be avoided as they cannot be prevented, and when they occur they claim a lot of lives. Places known for unstable volcanoes should be avoided at all costs as residential areas.
- Hurricanes. These happen in areas close to big waters like oceans. People living in hurricane-prone areas should build far away from the water area to avoid disaster. But even far from the water, wind, flying debris, and flooding pose a grave threat.
Natural disasters have a negative impact on the landlord who owns the apartments and they are a source of stress and tenant issues. There are several cities that are commonly known for frequent natural disasters. They include:
- Texas is known for its constant floods, wildfires, and tornadoes.
- Florida is known for hurricanes.
- California is known for earthquakes, floods, and tsunamis.
- Arkansas is known for heavy rain, ice, snow, and flooding.
Landlords should be aware of the natural calamities that can happen where their property is located and take action to prevent losses. Actions landlords can take include;
- Insurance. This includes reviewing policies and making sure one signs up for the right insurance coverage. In some instances, a landowner is forced to purchase separate policies to fully cover their property.
- Put in the lease rules governing the destruction of rental property. This is specified in the lease agreement between the tenant and the landlord concerning a tenant’s property. The lease agreement should be valid to make sure the tenant’s rights are observed. Other agreements