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Evictions: How To Evict a Tenant

Evictions: How To Evict a Tenant

More than 6 million renters are behind on rent and may be evicted!

Evicting tenants is probably not something you look forward to doing as a landlord. However, there are times when evicting a tenant becomes necessary for several reasons.

If you are in a situation where you have to evict a tenant, you may be feeling anxious and frustrated. Evicting a tenant must be done legally or you could end up facing some serious legal consequences. If you are struggling with this situation, read on for some tips that will help you with evictions.

Know the Law

The first thing you will need to do before you evict a tenant is to make sure that you understand the laws that govern the eviction of tenants where you live. Contact an attorney if you are not sure.

If you have a property manager, you should ask them to discuss the eviction best practices with you so that you are aware of how eviction should be done.

Evict for a Good Reason

Before you can evict a tenant, you must have a good reason for doing so. Make sure that the tenant is non-compliant with the law before you evict them.

You can evict a tenant for not paying the rent, carrying out illegal activities on the property, subletting the property, or even bringing in a pet when the lease agreement specified that they should not. The bottom line is you need to make sure that the tenant is really in violation of some stipulation before you evict them.

Give a Written Notice

Before you can evict any tenant, you need to give them written notice that you plan to evict them. You can give them a notice called, a "pay or quit" in which you tell them to pay the rent that is owed or leave the premises.

There is also a "cure or quit" notice that you can give your tenant. Your cure and quit notice will advise them to fix the problem or vacate the premises.

Another type of eviction notice you can give is a "conditional quick notice". With this type of notice, you don't give the tenant a chance to fix the problem. You simply ask them to leave.

Eviction by Lawsuit

Another common way to evict a tenant from a property is it by suing them for eviction. When you go this route, you will hire an attorney to take care of the eviction process for you.

This means that it is less likely that you will run amok of the law. This is especially useful if you suspect that the tenant will fight the eviction notice.

Conduct Rightful Evictions

Conducting evictions the right way is essential to make sure that you are compliant with the law. You want to make sure that you are doing a legal eviction at all times.

Following the eviction guide given here will ensure that you do not get into trouble with the law. Getting tenants who are problematic out of your property is not always easy, but if you follow the right legal steps, you will be able to get it done.

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