When to Evict

The process of evicting a tenant is difficult and can be tedious and although every state and city is different, it's still not something to be taken lightly. An eviction means you will be losing tenants and have to go through the process of finding? new ones. It also may mean weeks or months or court visits and paperwork to get the current tenants out. And if you have a soft heart, it means you're putting someone out of their home. But there are just situations where a landlord needs to stand up and take charge and evict tenants so that new and better ones can take their place. If the following situations occur take the steps necessary to evict your tenants.

If you're not getting paid or you're getting the rent late then this tenant is one you should think about removing. Not paying the rent is a leading cause for evictions and you shouldn't have too much legal trouble removing this tenant as long as you've carefully documented your payments, late payments and the lack of payment.

Someone is breaking the lease. This is where you need to really have your I's dotted and your T's crossed. Check your governing laws to see if you have any special stipulations, like you have to give the tenants the right to cease and/or desist. There may be hoops you have to jump through for this sort of eviction, but it's worth it.

The tenant is causing problems for other tenants, perhaps even forcing them to leave. This is even a stickier situation as you will have to document everything and get statements from other tenants, if the offending tenant is breaking the law you'll also need proof of that. Follow any and all local laws for this sort of eviction as it's a bit trickier than others, but well worth the process as it will improve the reputation of your property and make other tenants much happier.

Remember to check all of your local laws on evictions before you begin the proceedings, this will help you follow the correct steps and make the process smoother.

Kristin Kizer
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