Idaho Eviction Process
Idaho evictions are called forcible entry and unlawful detainer actions and the information on this page covers only residential rental property, it is not intended for commercial or agricultural real estate.
1. Write the termination notice. First, a landlord needs to write the appropriate preliminary notice to begin the Idaho eviction process:
- Idaho 3 Day Notice to Pay or Vacate (For nonpayment of rent)
- Idaho 3 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate (For violations other than nonpayment)
- Idaho 30 Day Notice to Quit (For month-to-month agreements)
2. Serve the tenant and wait. A landlord must deliver the notice to the tenant and inform them of the violations. A landlord then has the right to immediately file for eviction unless they gave the tenant an opportunity to cure the noncompliance.
3. Summons and complaint is filed. If the tenant fails to cure the noncompliance or vacate, the landlord may begin eviction proceedings by filing a
with a Local District Court and include an Affidavit of Service showing that the required termination notice was given to the tenant.
4. Tenant is served summons & complaint. The landlord must hire a process server to formally deliver the summons and complaint to the tenant. Upon receipt , the tenant will have up to 5 days to respond with an answer.
5. Judgment for possession. If the tenant submits an answer, a court date will be scheduled to hear testimony from both sides. But if the tenant fails to answer, the landlord may request the court to grant them possession.
6. Writ of restitution. If the tenant still remains living in the property, the landlord has the right to ask the clerk of the court sign a writ of restitution which empowers the sheriff to escort the tenant from the premises.
Notice to Quit
A 3 Day Notice to Pay or Vacate demands a tenant to pay the total amount of past due rent or vacate.
A 3 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate may be used if a landlord wants to either allow a tenant to become compliant or ust terminate the lease.
A 30 Day Notice to Quit is for a landlord to cancel a month-to-month rental agreement.