Handling evictions under Utah law can be tricky, but not if you've done thousands of times (literally).
Evictions Under Utah LawIf you have a noncompliant tenant, Utah law requires you to begin the eviction process by serving an eviction notice which notifies the tenant of why they're being evicted. The most comment eviction notices under Utah law are for nonpayment or rent, lease violations, 15/30 day lease termination, nuisance, criminal act, waste (damage to property), etc. A landlord cannot file an eviction with the court unless an eviction notice is given first. Visit our website for a complete list of all of our eviction notices * https://www.utahevictionlaw.com/free-utah-eviction-and-rental-forms/.
Selecting the correct eviction notice is critical because it forms the foundation of the eviction. Utah law allows for multiple eviction notices. If the tenants have caused multiple violations, the landlord should serve multiple notices that apply to the situation. This provides the landlord with a stronger eviction case because it provides multiple grounds for eviction. The landlord doesn*t have to prove ALL of the notices, we only have to prove one notice to justify the eviction.
Serving an eviction notice can be done in one of four ways: (1) personal service to the tenant, (2) substitute service to the property by giving it to *a person of suitable age and discretion*, (3) posted on the property if no one can be found, or (4) mailing (via certified or registered mail or their equivalent).
Once the notice is served, the tenant has three calendar days to comply with the notice. If they fail to comply, now you*re ready and eligible to file an eviction with the court. Failing to provide proper notice to a tenant can easily result in a judge dismissing your entire eviction.
Timeline and ProcessOur motto is "Evictions in Weeks, NOT Months!". For every eviction we handle, our goal is to work through the case within 2-3 weeks from the time we file with the court until the tenant is out of the property.
Civil lawsuits in Utah*s District Court often take months or years before a judge renders a decision. If forced to wait through the regular timelines, landlords would often face default on their mortgage which may result in foreclosure. In order to avoid this result, and to provide landlords with relief from dead-beat tenants, Utah law provides landlords several significant opportunities to speed up the eviction process and have a judge review the case. If done properly, evictions can typically be resolved within days or weeks as opposed to months or years.
Benjamin Franklin once said, *An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.* This is certainly true when dealing with evictions. A good eviction attorney can prevent potential problems with your eviction case and can often evict a tenant faster.