Can you be evicted for no reason?
When you become a tenant, you ought to get ready for the challenges that come with it.no matter how good you are, at times it doesn’t work at all. When it gets worse, you might get an even get evicted. But this has a process that should be followed. The landlord has no right to evict you for no reason. According to the law of Kenya, all evictions should only be done only with the permission of the law not when am agent, caretaker or landlord feels like.
When you are aware of your rights as a tenant, then things will be easier for you(check on our article about your rights as a tenant). You will be able to know when an eviction is warranted.the following are some of the things that may lead to your eviction if the landlord confronts the court of law:
- Failure to pay rent or late rent payment
When issuing a lease agreement, you will note that a landlord always indicates a due date for rent payment and the penalties. Most of the landlord will lock the door with an additional padlock preventing you from accessing your house. This is breaking the law. Usually, the law states that the landlord can give you up to 30 days to pay. After 30 days, the landlord can evict you from his property.
- Noise or disturbing the neighbours
Every apartment or community has terms and conditions that should be followed. They are presented to the tenants through the agreement lease, which you agree to bind by them once you agree. In almost every lease letter, noise and disturbing other tenants are prohibited. If you are one of the people that like to play loud music, hold parties or even fight now and then, the landlord can evict you from his premises. Some people will complain to the landlord so that they can want you. If this goes on even after the warning, then you will be evicted.
- Property damage
Property damage is one of the reasons that could lead to your eviction. For example, creating a hole through the wall is damaging the property. Also, this could lead to the loss of your deposit so that it will take care of the bill. Kitchen stains, paint peeling off or colour fading are not part of property damage. This is minor damages or is not even your fault.
- End of lease
If your lease agreement indicates that of your tenancy expiry date, then you should move out by that date. If not, then the landlord can file for an eviction letter. Most of the leases end at the end of the month. Before them, the landlord will serve you a letter letting you know the number of days remaining for you to evict the house.
- Can you sue your landlord?
Yes, you can sue the landlord if your eviction is illegal. But keep in mind that it is going to be expensive and a waste of time. The court ruling might be against out which will be a great loss of your money.
You need to know your rights as a tenant so that you will be able to know when you are being harassed. Many landlords will take advantage of those tenants that are not aware of their rights as a tenant. Make sure you go through all the terms and conditions before signing a lease document to avoid regrets.