Forcible entry and detainer

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(Law) the entering upon and taking and withholding of land and tenements by actual force and violence, and with a strong hand, to the hindrance of the person having the right to enter.

See also: Forcible

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Representing herself on appeal, Carter argued, among other matters, that American Management violated the Forcible Entry and Detainer statute by improperly posting its five-day notice and that the company had violated the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, 41 USC sections 1692-1692p, by failing to properly serve notice of its demands for payment under that statute.
Stating that the forcible entry and detainer statute is in derogation of common law and must, therefore, be strictly construed, the court said that the exclusive list of delivery methods set forth in section 9-211 must be strictly enforced.
Although the court recognized that it had resolved the appeal on that ground and was not, therefore, required to reach Carter's remaining arguments, it stated that it felt that resolution of her argument that the company had violated the FDCPA was "of significant importance to future litigants in forcible entry and detainer proceedings.