unlawful detainer
unlawful detainer n
1: the act of wrongfully remaining in possession of property (as after expiration of a lease)
2: an action intended to remedy unlawful detainer by restoring possession of property to its owner – called also unlawful detainer action;

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

unlawful detainer
n.
The act of keeping possession of a property by someone who once had a right to it but no longer does, such as a tenant whose lease has ended but who refuses to leave.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


unlawful detainer
A legal action to evict a tenant that involves properly terminating the tenancy before going to court and seeking possession of the property, unpaid rent, and/or damages. Also known as an eviction lawsuit
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property → Renters' & Tenants' Rights

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


unlawful detainer
The act of retaining possession of property without legal right.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


unlawful detainer
I
The act of retaining possession of property without legal right.
II A detention of real estate without the consent of the owner or other person entitled to its possession.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

unlawful detainer
n.
   1) keeping possession of real property without a right, such as after a lease has expired, after being served with a notice to quit (vacate, leave) for non-payment of rent or other breach of lease, or being a "squatter" on the property. Such possession entitles the owner to file a lawsuit for "unlawful detainer," asking for possession by court order, unpaid rent and damages.
   2) a legal action to evict a tenant or other occupier of real property in possession, without a legal right, to declare a breach of lease, and/or a judgment for repossession, as well as unpaid rent and other damages. Such lawsuits have priority over most legal cases and therefore will be calendared for trial promptly.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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