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Utah Eviction Law: What You Need to Know

The eviction process can be a scary thing for a tenant to have to face, especially if they do not know where else they can live. However, having a tenant that cannot pay rent can financially cripple and potentially ruin you the landlord. 

Typically, there are about 865,000 eviction cases filed every year. But, evictions during the pandemic were cut in half due to the eviction moratorium at that time. 

If you wish to pursue an eviction in the state of Utah, then you need to be aware of the Utah eviction law. 

What are the main eviction laws that you need to know? What eviction reasons are you allowed to give a tenant? This is your guide. 

Utah Eviction Process

The first thing that you need to understand about eviction law in this state is how the process works. 

Tenants have the option to take their eviction case to court, come up with restitution for the complaints of the landlord, or leave the premises altogether. 

Landlords can start this process by providing evidence that the conditions of the rental agreement have been violated. If that happens to be the case, then they can serve a tenant with what is called a "Notice to Quit."

When a tenant gets served with a Notice to Quit, they have a certain amount of time to rectify the situation if it is a conditional notice. An example of this is paying whatever rent you are behind on. 

However, a Notice to Quit may be unconditional, meaning that there is nothing that the tenant can do to fix the situation and that they are being forced to leave. Either way, this document has to be requested by the landlord and they must state the reasons why they wish to evict a tenant.

If the issue cannot get solved with this, then a landlord has the option of filing a claim for eviction in court. A tenant must be served this and respond to it in a certain amount of time. 

Once that happens, both the landlord and the tenant can present their cases in court. If the landlord wins, then the tenant would have to leave their address for a certain period of time. If the tenant wins, then they would extend their right to stay in their current address. 

How Long Does This Take in Utah? 

The answer to this is slightly controversial. That is because Utah tends to have more landlord-friendly laws such as only requiring three days for an eviction notice. However, the federal law for lower income housing typically requires you to give 30 days notice for eviction. 

Learn More About Utah Eviction Law

This is just a brief overview of Utah eviction law so that you can get an idea of what your rights are as a landlord. Be aware of how much notice you need to give, what notices you need to give, and possibly prepare for a court case if it cannot be resolved before. 

Do you want professional guidance to give you a better idea of your rights? Contact us to get started today. 

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