Brigham Young University Prelaw Review


Unlawful Detainer, Utah, Eviction, Uniform Law Commission, Tenant Rights


Utah’s Unlawful Detainer Statute largely favors landlords in matters of eviction. The current statute allows evicted tenants only 0-3 days to move off a premise, requires evicted tenants to pay triple damages, and gives tenants a limited time to claim their belongings. Compared to other states, Utah is severe in its treatment of evicted tenants. This paper calls for a reform to the Utah Unlawful Detainer Statute, which will make the process of eviction more reasonable for evicted tenants throughout the state.

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