The Oklahoma eviction process, like most states, allows for an expedited procedure to expel a tenant for nonpayment of rent, holding over after expiration of the lease term or for a violation of a material provision of the lease.
Tenant Self-Evictions are Illegal
A landlord who tries to force a tenant to leave without following the judicial process may be liable to the tenant for any damages incurred. Self-eviction includes changing the locks on the unit or padlocking the doors and windows, shutting off the utilities, removing the tenant’s personal property, threatening the tenant with violence or any other conduct to force the tenant out.
5-Day Eviction Notice
Most evictions are based on nonpayment of rent. When the rent becomes overdue, the landlord must first serve an Oklahoma 5-Day Notice to Quit, which advises the tenant of the rent amount due and that it must be paid within the 5-day period or legal action to evict the tenant will commence. The other option is for the tenant to leave.
A landlord may accept the rent after the notice, or grace, period has expired, but the tenant should receive a written statement that the landlord will not seek eviction.
10-Day Eviction Notice
For other lease violations such as having unauthorized persons or pets living on the property, creating a nuisance, or failing to maintain the property in a safe and sanitary condition, the eviction notice must state the condition that has been violated and that the lease will terminate in 15-days unless the condition is remedied within 10-days.
A landlord may enter the premises after 10-days to repair the property that is the subject of the eviction or lease violation and submit the repair costs to the tenant as rent on the next rental
due date or for the reasonable value of the repairs along with the rent. The eviction may not go forward if this action is taken.
For month-to-month tenancies, the notice is 30-days.
For more information about Oklahoma Eviction Laws please visit:https://www.ok.gov/OREC/documents/Landlord%20and%20Tenant%20Act%20Update.pdf
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