unlawful detainer

Definition

A legal action that provides a method of evicting a tenant who is in default of a lease agreement; a summary proceeding intended to recover possession of a property.

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You need to try and make sure that you get an unlawful detainer if you really need to get someone off your property.

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The unlawful detainer happened because the tenant agreed to a rental contract and did not make the payments they said they would.

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One of my biggest headaches in the eviction process has been trying to get the courts to declare my deadbeat tenant an unlawful detainer.

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