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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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.
The court began by observing that no Illinois court has ever applied the FDCPA to a forcible entry and detainer action.