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‘Just Cause’ Evictions

Evictions are never pleasant. The reasons for eviction vary dependent on the individual or situation. With “no-cause” evictions being targeted by cities and states as being unlawful and unfair, and ultimately being removed as options to landlords this leaves only ‘for cause’ or ‘just cause’ eviction proceedings. So, which of the following are causes for eviction?

A. Unauthorized Pet

B. Landscape Damage

C. Cigarette and/or E-Cigarette Use

D. Unpaid Rent

E. Noise Complaints

F. Any of the Above

Answer: F

Although any of the instances above could end in eviction proceedings, most are “curable” under the law.  For example, noise complaints can be rectified by turning down TV or stereo volume,  an unauthorized pet can be approved to stay with fees paid, or removed from the premises, landscape damage can be corrected, etc. Unpaid rent can even be paid. The only exception would be the lease language that specifically states drug or e-cigarette use on the premises is grounds for immediate termination.  However, this too is open to interpretation by the judge that would hear the case.

When considering an eviction, it is imperative to seek counsel to ensure you have covered your bases and have the proper documentation and back-up to win your case.  Although evictions are never pleasant, we at Real Property Management Pittsburgh strive to guide you through the process with as little heartache as possible.

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