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The laws applying to tenant evictions vary depending on the state and even municipality where the tenant resides, and thus it is impossible to give a blanket answer to this question irrespective of locale. Also, the conditions under which a landlord can evict a tenant depend on the specific nature of the lease agreement.
For a landlord to evict a tenant, the landlord must present the tenant with an eviction notice. In most states, tenants have the right to appeal and many local tenants' rights associations and legal aid societies can help the tenant with such appeals. In such an appeal, the fact that the landlord had failed to complete repairs in a timely fashion and the efforts of the tenant to make partial payments, demonstrating good faith, would be factors that might lead to resolution of an appeal in favor of the tenant. Generally, while an appeal is active in the legal system, tenants have the right to continue to occupy the property.