An eviction is a legal action initiated by the owner of a property or an authorized agent of the owner to force a tenant to move out of the property. A court ordered eviction is the only legal way a landlord may force a tenant to leave a rental property. A lawful eviction requires a court proceeding. The length of the process will vary depending on the circumstances of the eviction.
If you believe that a tenant is going to contest an eviction, you may want to consider an alternative. You can try offering the tenant a financial incentive to move out of the leased premises.
Magisterial District Court Q&A
A Magisterial District Judge is a locally elected official who can decide small civil lawsuits such as landlord-tenant matters. The Magisterial District Judge used to be called a Magistrate or Justice of the Peace.