I’m a Connecticut landlord with a difficult tenant. I’ve given the tenant the proper Connecticut termination notice, but he still won’t leave. What next? What is the Connecticut eviction process?

Get Legal Help Today

 Secured with SHA-256 Encryption

Jeffrey Johnson is a legal writer with a focus on personal injury. He has worked on personal injury and sovereign immunity litigation in addition to experience in family, estate, and criminal law. He earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has worked in legal offices and non-profits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina. He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman Univer...

Full Bio →

Written by

UPDATED: Feb 13, 2020

Advertiser Disclosure

It’s all about you. We want to help you make the right legal decisions.

We strive to help you make confident insurance and legal decisions. Finding trusted and reliable insurance quotes and legal advice should be easy. This doesn’t influence our content. Our opinions are our own.

Editorial Guidelines: We are a free online resource for anyone interested in learning more about legal topics and insurance. Our goal is to be an objective, third-party resource for everything legal and insurance related. We update our site regularly, and all content is reviewed by experts.

If you are a Connecticut landlord with a tenant who won’t leave your property even though you have given him or her notice that you are terminating the lease, you must now file for eviction. You will have to go to the county clerk and file the necessary papers, called a “complaint.” For more information, see the “Getting Help” section in our Connecticut Evictions article. You will then give copies of these papers to the state marshal, who will serve the tenant with them (for a small fee). The state marshal will then return the summons and complaint to you with proof that it was served. You must take this proof back to the court at least 4 days before the “return date” noted on the summons. These papers will then be filed with the clerk for a fee.

You then have to wait for your tenant to file his or her appearance and answer your complaint. The court will set a date for the hearing and you will both go argue your sides. If you win, the tenant will have 5 days to move out of the property. If the tenant still does not leave after this 5 day period is up, you will have to return to the clerk to get a “Summary Process Eviction,” which you will then give to the state marshal. The marshal will serve this on the tenant, who will have 24 hours to leave. If the tenant still does not leave the property, the state marshal will supervise as you physically put the tenant’s belongings out on the sidewalk. Remember that at no time prior to receiving the summary process eviction should you lock out the tenant, remove his or her belongings, or shut off the utilities. If you do, you may be liable to the tenant for damages, and be guilty of a misdemeanor.

If at any time you feel that the Connecticut eviction process is too much for you to take on as an individual, you can always seek the help of an experienced Connecticut evictions attorney.

Get Legal Help Today

Find the right lawyer for your legal issue.

 Secured with SHA-256 Encryption