According to Landlordology, “Being a great landlord doesn’t mean that you’re immune from having bad tenants. Yes, tenant screening is important, but even under the best of circumstances, it’s not unusual for a well-intentioned tenant to struggle to pay rent from time to time.” That is why you need to know the Seven Steps to Handle an Eviction
Eviction seems harsh, but it’s the business of rental properties. If a tenant can’t pay, you have to remove them from your property. Sometimes, it’s as simple as asking them to leave. Other times, you will have to go through the formal eviction process.
Seven Steps to Handle an Eviction
Regardless of the situation, you need to know the proper rules and procedures before starting the eviction process. I can summarize the process into seven steps.
“If it doesn’t look like the law is entirely on your side, or if you just don’t want to spend the time and energy on an eviction case, try reasoning with them.” Landlordology has a very nice script to guide you through this process.
If your tenant has chosen to be uncooperative, and you’ve established that you have the right to evict your tenant, you will need to make sure you strictly follow the set legal procedures.
Be sure the tenant is aware eviction will ruin their credit score, and they won’t be able to get a mortgage, car loan, or any loan for a very long time. Also, winning the case, I will need to sue them for any back-due rent, in which I will eventually be able to use that judgment to garnish their wages.
Visit your local courthouse to file your eviction and pay a fee (try not to think about all the money, time, and energy that your tenant costs you). At this point, the clerk will schedule your hearing and will eventually notify the tenant on your behalf – via a summons.
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