Washington, DC Eviction Process

When a tenant violates the lease agreement, whether they fail to pay rent in a timely manner or don't adhere to the requirements set out in that document, you may decide to evict them from your property. This typically involves following the state's eviction laws and collaborating with the U.S. Marshals Service, as they have jurisdiction over this process instead of the local sheriff's office or other law enforcement agencies.

Evicting a tenant usually takes between 1 to 8 months, with the duration varying based on the reason for eviction. If the tenant files an answer or requests a jury trial, the process can extend further, potentially increasing the timeline.