Real Estate

Taking Advantage of Idaho’s Speedy Eviction Laws

If you’re a landlord and your tenant refuses to pay rent, you can take advantage of Idaho’s speedy eviction process. This expedited proceeding allows a landlord to get a judicial decree from a court without going through the long, drawn-out procedure of most court cases.

Idaho Laws on Expedited Evictions

If a landlord wishes to evict a tenant for nonpayment of rent, a speedy eviction can be accomplished through the expedited proceedings described in Idaho Code §§ 6-310 through 6-311D.

Keep in mind that a speedy eviction does not provide a judgment against the tenant for unpaid rent or damages. All the landlord can ask of the court is a judgment for eviction and the costs associated with the eviction.

When Can a Landlord Keep a Security Deposit in Idaho?

Security deposits protect landlords from lost revenue and damage to the rental property. But when must a landlord refund a security deposit and when is it legal for a landlord to keep the entire deposit?

Idaho Laws on Security Deposits

Under Idaho Code section 6-320 and 6-321, any money that is deposited with a landlord that is not rent is considered a “security deposit.”

Once the tenant returns the premises back to the landlord, the landlord must do one of the following:

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