Evictions are unfortunate and costly for everyone involved. They are long, expensive and frustrating. Whether you are evicting because of late payments or damage to the property, there are a few things you should know. Why people get evicted, how evictions work, how much evictions cost, and how to avoid these nightmare tenants. This short article contains all of that and more
What are the most common reasons for eviction?
- Non-payment of rent/utilities.
- Lease violation – having non authorized pets, unapproved occupants, improper use, nuisance complaints.
- Damage to the property.
- Crime, drug use, or general illegal activities.
- The lease has expired, doesn’t want to renew it and tenants have not vacated the property
Are all evictions the same?
The laws surrounding eviction vary from county to county and/or state to state, though some generalizations can be made about how the process works. The eviction notice is served either in person, standard mail, certified mail or by process server
Once notice has been given, the tenant must vacate themselves and belongings by the agreed date. If the tenant is not out by the agreed date do NOT touch their belongings in the house. You have to wait the specified period of time by law, depending in the jurisdiction, if they have not moved by then you have to file an eviction notice. Once there has been a ruling by the judge in favor of the landlord, the landlord can utilize the local law enforcement to physically evict the tenant in question.
How much does eviction cost the landlord?
The value of a background check
Don’t think that the eye test or your gut feeling is enough to decide how trustworthy a tenant is. This is not the case. A professional background check can give you enough information to make a sound decision. The cost of the background check is minimum compared to the time and thousands of dollars you could end up paying for an eviction.