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Landlord Advice: 2 Critical Tenant Eviction Questions

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As you probably know, I advocate a long term investment strategy when it comes to income properties, and as such I occasionally need to put on my landlord hat.  And like most landlords, I have had to evict tenants in the past.  But before moving ahead with any eviction, I always stop and consider the 2 questions below just to make sure I am truly doing the right thing.

First and foremost, you must ask yourself if an eviction is the only course of action.  For example, you might first try and resolve the problem by discussing it with your tenant or by sending a letter.  Another approach is to literally pay the tenant to move out.  By offering a token amount like a few hundred dollars, you can often get the tenant to move out peacefully, with less of a financial impact on you compared to an eviction.  The bottom line is that you should only pursue the eviction as a last resort, after all other attempts to resolve the issue have proven to be unsuccessful.

Second, you must decide if you legally will be able to complete the eviction process.  For example, you must stop and think about whether or not you have the right to evict, especially since all states have different rules and regulations around what you can and cannot do. If you do have the right, then you must make sure you have all the proper paperwork and evidence to win the case, such as the lease, rental app, inspection documentation, etc.  Additionally, you must honestly assess the situation and decide if the tenant has any ground to stand on in terms of his legal defense.  If you make repairs and address complaints in a timely manner, and if you have followed all of your state’s requirements regarding the eviction process, then you should have nothing to worry about. 

So, if you find yourself wanting to evict one of your tenants, just stop and ask yourself if it is indeed time for the last resort, and if you have followed all the applicable state landlord tenant laws.  If the answer is yes to both questions, proceed.

One Response to Landlord Advice: 2 Critical Tenant Eviction Questions

  1. Sherry says:

    Wow that is pretty scary stuff. Thanks for sharing!

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