When am I permitted to evict my tenants?

Fairfax’s Just Cause Evictions Ordinance prohibits arbitrary evictions. You may still evict a tenant if you have a just cause.

You may still legally evict a tenant for the following just causes:

  1. Failure to pay rent
  2. Breach of lease, but see below for sublessee exceptions
  3. Creating a nuisance or damaging the unit
  4. Damaging or trespassing upon the property of yours or another tenant
  5. Repeatedly refusing to give you access to the unit to conduct necessary repairs or show unit to prospective purchasers after giving notice of your intent to access the unit
  6. You must make substantial repairs (may only justify temporary displacement)
  7. You, your family member, or a care giver moves into the unit
  8. You permanently withdraw unit from the rental market
  9. Failure to vacate after a written buy-out agreement between you and your tenant
  10. Termination of a temporary tenancy (a tenancy of less than 12 months) in order for you to move in
  11. Your tenant was convicted of a serious crime during the tenancy and within 1,000 feet of the unit
  12. Your tenant made violent threats towards you or another person on the property
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