For many landlords, there will come a day when the only word left to say to a tenant is "eviction".
As a private landlord, you probably think you have the "right" to do whatever you want to get rid of a tenant. But the truth is - you don't. And worse, if it has gotten to a point of eviction - trust me - your tenant has been brushing up on the eviction laws and is ready for you!
Each state has very specific laws about evicting tenants - and you have to follow them - regardless of what you think, feel or disagree with. I have two suggestions: either hire a property manager who knows the laws -- or get very familiar with laws in your state beginning today!
Here are some things that you will want to do but can't! You can't:
- Turn off the utilities.
- Change the locks.
- Threaten tenants - verbally, in writing or otherwise.
- Call the police - it won't help - the law is not on your side on this one.
- Have the tenants cars towed off the property.
- Remove all the tenants belongings and leave it on the front yard with a note - this is called "self-eviction" and it's against the law.
Here is what I start with - and you can too! If I haven't heard from a tenant in any way shape or form to let me know rent will be late - on the 1st day the rent is late - the tenant is served with an eviction notice. The quicker you do this - the easier and faster the process will be toward legally and effectively removing the tenant.
More often than not, you will hear from the tenant once the notice is served. If you do - make it your goal to work something out with the tenant because it's much easier than eviction. If you don't hear from the tenant - make sure you follow all the steps and most importantly, stay legal and be patient!
This blog is written with my opinions and my opinions are presented with accuracy but not guarantees. Please talk to a professional before making any real estate, financial or agency decisions. Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind - 2011. If you want to reprint parts of this - just email me for my permission:TucsonsRealEstate@gmail.com.