In their due diligence, a great majority of landlords will perform a background check on potential tenants. A background check includes a credit report and a copy of the applicant’s public record. Whether you were evicted in the past for a good reason or the eviction is false isn’t designated on your public record and credit report; the landlord will simply see that you have an eviction. An eviction stays on your credit report for seven years and may remain on your public record indefinitely in many states. However, there are methods to remove an eviction from your records, whether false or legitimate.