When it comes to back rent, there are all sorts of different issues to take into consideration. For example, tenants may find themselves in an uncertain position when they are being evicted over failing to pay rent, while landlords may be unsure of whether or not they should move forward with an eviction because their tenant is not fulfilling their obligations. Tenants might be unable to pay their rent for many different reasons, from irresponsibility to unfortunate challenges that have arisen unexpectedly. However, when a tenant fails to pay the rent they owe, a landlord may have no choice but to move forward with an eviction.
As a landlord, it is important to clearly understand what your rights and responsibilities are. Eviction can be an incredibly stressful process for some landlords, but a sense of peace may be within reach when one gains confidence knowing that they are abiding by the law. Likewise, a tenant who is unable to pay rent may wonder if they are being evicted unlawfully, in which case it may be very helpful to review the ins and outs of the law.
Both sides of an eviction can be tough, but landlords and tenants should do everything they can to respect each others' rights and find an optimal outcome, as difficult as this can be at times. There are many other facets of landlord/tenant law that may arise and our page on this topic provides more material for those who are facing uncertainty due to the eviction process.