Eviction of a tenant in DC is more difficult, time-consuming, and expensive than anywhere else in the country. The laws and regulations are heavily slanted against landlords and free lawyers are readily available to tenants. Presently, there are only ten (10) legal reasons that a landlord can evict a tenant, all of which are interpreted very strictly.
The most frequent question I get about evictions is whether a tenant can be evicted because the lease expires. NO you can’t. Like it or not,unless you have a reason from the list above, your tenant gets to stay, potentially forever. If you have questions about evictions, call me or use my online scheduler to book an appointment at a time that fits your schedule.