Do I need an attorney?
Not necessarily. However, some areas of eviction law are very complicated and detailed. Strict compliance with the statute is necessary because eviction is a drastic remedy. An attorney that is familiar with the forcible entry and detainer act can cut down on continuances and ultimately save you money.

If you do choose to file a forcible action without an attorney, take the time to become familiar with court procedures. Many eviction cases are lost simply because the landlord is unfamiliar with the court process and does not have the proper paper work at the time of the hearing.

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1. When should I consider evicting a tenant?
2. Can I evict a tenant for dealing drugs or engaging in illegal activity inside his unit?
3. Do I need an attorney?
4. Do I need to serve any notices on a tenant before I actually start court proceedings?
5. How do I serve these notices?
6. Now that I have made the decision that I need to have a tenant leave, what are the basic steps for evicting a tenant for non compliance with a lease?
7. What forms does a landlord need to have in dealing with eviction actions?
8. Which courthouse do I have to use when I want to file an eviction action?
9. How do I actually file the case once I get to the courthouse?
10. What should I bring to Court?
11. What happens after I am awarded an Order of Possession by the Judge?
12. Can I do anything to protect my right to evict a tenant, even before he moves in?