unlawful detainer

noun

Legal Definition of unlawful detainer

1 : the act of wrongfully remaining in possession of property (as after expiration of a lease)
2 : an action intended to remedy unlawful detainer by restoring possession of property to its owner

called also unlawful detainer action

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“Unlawful detainer.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/unlawful%20detainer. Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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