It's not uncommon for tenants with significant financial burdens to declare bankruptcy. The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, which took effect on October 16, 2005, makes it easier for landlords to evict bankrupt tenants. The steps you'll need to take depend on whether the tenant files for bankruptcy before or after you get a judgment against the tenant awarding you possession of the rental.
Most states protect tenants by making it illegal for landlords to retaliate against a tenant who has exercised a legal right. Protected legal rights include complaints to the landlord or government authorities about health or safety problems; complaints to government agencies or lawsuits alleging illegal housing discrimination; and political activity. These rights would have little value if a landlord could respond with a termination notice and eviction, a rent hike, or any other punitive measure.
This all-in-one legal guide includes an overview of terminations and evictions, and includes state-by-state rules on topics such as the amount of time a tenant has to pay rent or move before a landlord can file for eviction.