An Idaho eviction notice is a legally binding document landlords use to begin removing tenants from their leased property for violating one or more terms of their rental agreement. Eviction notices must conform to Idaho regulations and allow tenants the legally required time to respond or move out.
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Eviction Laws & Requirements
- Eviction Lawsuit: Forcible Entry and Unlawful Detainer (Idaho Code §§ 6-301 – 6-324).
- Rent Payment Grace Period: No specific grace period is defined by the law, but if the lease agreement contains one, the landlord must honor it.
- Notice of Non-Compliance: three (3) days (Idaho Code § 6-303(3)).
- Late or Non-Payment of Rent Notice: three (3) days (Idaho Code § 6-303(2)).
- Lease Termination (Month-to-Month): 30 days (Idaho Code § 55-208).
How to Evict a Tenant in Idaho
In Idaho, eviction lawsuits are governed by Title 6, Chapter 3 of the Idaho Statutes.
Landlords and property managers must follow the law to evict a tenant. This includes obtaining a court order to remove the tenant from the rental unit.
Step 1: Serve Eviction Notice on the Tenant
Giving the tenant the proper type of notice officially begins the eviction process. The notice must state the reason for the eviction and the date when the tenant must either pay the rent or cure the lease violation or vacate the property.
Landlords and property managers should service notice via first-class, certified, or registered mail, by personal service (note taped to the front door), or by process server.
Step 2: File an Eviction Lawsuit with the Court
If the tenant continues to stay on the property despite not paying the rent or complying with other lease terms, the next step is to file an eviction lawsuit in the district court where the rental property is located.
At this stage, you must prepare several documents and file them with the court, including the summons and complaint, as shown below:
- General Civil Case Information Sheet
- Complaint for Unlawful Detainer
- Summons for Eviction
Step 3: Serve the Tenant
Once you’ve filed the necessary documents with the court, you must legally serve the tenant with them. The process server will complete the Affidavit of Service of Summons & Complaint and serve the tenant the relevant paperwork.
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Step 4: Prepare the Necessary Documents for the Court
The tenant has five days to respond (file an Answer with the court admitting or denying the allegations in the Complaint) from the date they were served with the summons and complaint.
If the tenant doesn’t respond, the landlord can prepare the required documents for a default judgment to repossess the premises, which include:
- Motion and Affidavit for Entry of Default Judgment
- Memorandum of Costs
- Judgment for Eviction
- Writ of Restitution of Premises
Step 5: Attend the Hearing
If the judge rules for the landlord or the tenant fails to respond, the judge will sign the necessary documents to complete the eviction process.
The landlord can give the appropriate law enforcement officer the Writ of Restitution of Premises to reclaim the rental unit. Landlords who want to claim monetary damages from evicted tenants must do so in small claims court.
Related Idaho Court Forms
- General Civil Case Information Sheet – This document provides basic information to identify the parties and the type of civil case. It’s filed with the court clerk when the complaint and summons are filed and officially opens the case.
- Complaint for Eviction – This document states the legal basis for the eviction and asks the court to evict the tenant. It lists the amount of money the tenant owes.
- Summons for Eviction – This document notifies the tenant that a case has been filed against them and provides the date, time, and location of the trial.
- Motion and Affidavit for Entry of Default Judgment – In this document, the landlord attests that the proper legal procedures have been followed, the tenant did not respond to the complaint and did not appear at the hearing, and asks the court to enter a default judgment against the defendant.
- Memorandum of Costs – The landlord completes this document to show the amount of money incurred by the landlord, including the service of process fee and the filing fee.
- Judgment for Eviction – Once signed, the Judgment for Eviction legally orders the possession of the rental unit to be returned to the landlord and for the tenant to vacate the property.
- Writ of Restitution of Premises – This document gives the sheriff the legal authority to physically remove the tenant from the rental property.