Forcible Entry and Detainer Law

A forcible entry and detainer is an action that a landlord can take if the occupant refuses to leave after appropriate notice.  The laws governing forcible entry and detainer actions are different if the property is residential or non-residential.

The statutes provide for a short notice period before a court hearing.  The issue at the court hearing is whether or not the tenant/occupant has the right to possession.  Thereafter, the court will enter an order directing the tenant/occupant to vacate within 5 judicial days.  On expiry of the period, the Sheriff’s office evicts the tenants/occupants, remove their personal property and give the rightful owner possession and control of the property.


Inside Forcible Entry and Detainer Law