Remedies for the landlord

The most important thing that a landlord can get after an eviction hearing is the property itself. After a hearing, the tenant has 10 days to appeal, or else the landlord may request (and pay for) an Order for Possession. 10 days after that, the sheriff/constable will come and evict the tenant.

In addition to the physical property, the landlord can get past-due rent, late fees, and other unpaid bills (such as utilities and water, if they are the tenant’s responsibilities). Furthermore, the landlord is entitled to filing fees as well as the fees paid for the Order for Possession. There may also be a provision in the lease that states that the tenant is responsible for rent for the entire duration of the lease.

If the lease permits, then the landlord is also entitled to reasonable legal fees. However, not all leases allow for this, so it is important to read the lease in its entirety.

The landlord may also sue the tenant for damages, other than normal wear and tear, caused to the premises during the tenancy. Make sure to take photos, obtain estimates for repairs, and keep receipts.