How to Evict a Tenant
No matter how well you choose your tenants, sometimes bad eggs will turn up eventually among them. If you need to evict a tenant, keep in mind that there are rules and regulations one must follow to do in order to get rid of them for good. Here’s what you need to know.
- A well-defined lease is your best bet in evicting tenants more easily. Make sure that your lease clearly outlines when the rent should be paid as well as late fees. Your lease should also include acceptable and unacceptable behavior in the tenant’s home.
- Know your local laws. Make sure that you have valid reasons that are recognized by local laws for evicting tenants. These can include failure to pay rent, breach of a lease clause, or repeated violations.
- If you’re dealing with violations or breach of a lease clause, you can send an eviction letter immediately. If you’re dealing with a failure to rent case, draft a professional letter requesting the payment within the due date indicated. Inform the tenant that if you have not received the rent by then, the eviction process will begin.
- When informing your tenant of his or her eviction, make sure that you follow state and local eviction procedures.
- Should the initial letter not be effective enough, file a process of eviction with your local country courthouse or housing department. This will give more weight to your claim.
- You can file a lawsuit to evict the tenant if he or she refuses to leave or refuses to correct violations and breach of lease clause after receiving the termination notice.
- The court will set a court date where both tenant and landlord will receive notification for. If neither appear in the court date, the case will be dismissed. Should only the landlord attend, the judgment will be handed out. You have to follow the procedures in removing the tenant.
- The sheriff will then post a notice to the tenant indicating when the tenant should move out.
- Do not threaten, harm, manhandle or even touch the tenant. You may have to go through the whole process again if you do.