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“Just cause” eviction policies overview

In many places, landlords are not required to provide any reason for an eviction of tenants without leases or at the end of a tenant’s lease term.

Tenants in these circumstances can be evicted for any reason or no reason at all. “Just cause” (or “good cause”) eviction policies promote residential stability by limiting the grounds upon which a landlord may evict a tenant; typically, allowable grounds for eviction include nonpayment of rent, intentional damage to the unit, or other material noncompliance with the terms of the lease before they may evict tenants.

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