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Question: What is the easiest way to get a tenant to vacate?

Answer: A voluntary surrender by the tenant is easiest and least expensive for the landlord. If they don’t want to leave, you can offer “cash for keys,” but the tenant shouldn’t get the money until they are completely out and have turned in keys. If you must evict, then the simplest case is where the lease has expired or the tenant is month-to-month and has been served with a Notice to Quit. The next easiest case to win is an eviction based upon non-payment of rent. Evictions based upon non-monetary lease violations (i.e.: unauthorized occupant, unauthorized pet, noise disturbances, etc.) can be more challenging to prove in court.

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