If I’m a salon owner with booth rental tenants and they do not have a written lease agreement, how do I evict them from my business?

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If I’m a salon owner with booth rental tenants and they do not have a written lease agreement, how do I evict them from my business?

I am unsure what my rights are.

Asked on November 6, 2015 under Real Estate Law, Washington

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

If there is no written lease agreement, they are month-to-month tenants under an oral lease. You can terminate a month-to-month commercial tenancy on 30 days written notice (really though, it's more than 30 days; you want to provide at least 30 days while having the tenancy end at the end of a month). If they don't leave then, you could file an eviction action; you could get instructions and sample forms for doing so from your county court, though if the property is owned by an LLC or a corporation, you need an attorney to represent you and file the action (LLCs and corporations must be represented by lawyers); but if you own the property personally, you do not need an attorney--though having one is  good idea--and could proceed "pro se," or as your own lawyer.


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