Being a landlord comes with some challenges. Finding yourself facing the crossroads of eviction is one. It's not a situation any landlord wants, but it is a reality sometimes.
But you can avoid the drama if faced with a tenant you must evict. The trick is to stay clued up on the legal process to evict a tenant. This guide is here to help you do that.
We'll arm you with the knowledge to prepare a tenant eviction and follow it up with the courts if necessary.
The Legal Basis for Tenant Eviction: What You Need to Know
Evictions are a legal process. You'll need to familiarize yourself with both state and local laws. These laws stipulate accepted grounds for evicting a tenant. That includes:
- Not paying rent
- Excessive damage to your property beyond wear and tear
- Violation of lease terms
Before starting any eviction proceedings, ask yourself if you meet a legal condition. It will help protect you from any future dispute, which could be costly and time-consuming.
Since it's a legal matter, get advice from a legal expert to check the specifics of your local and state law.
How to Ensure Clear Communication
Good communication is vital at every point with the tenant. In fact, it's one of the things that can help prevent things getting to the point where eviction is necessary.
But when you get to that point, ensuring effective communication is your top priority. That starts with communicating issues with your tenant promptly.
For example, informing tenants of a breach will help you later. It will give a solid legal foundation for an eviction. Always opt for written communication, even if it is there to follow up after a phone call. And keep the communication professional and respectful at all times.
What to Include in the Eviction Notice
When writing an eviction notice, keep it precise. The information in it must be unambiguous. Include the reasons for eviction and provide specific examples where possible.
Explain the steps the tenant can take to resolve the situation and provide deadlines. Make sure any dates are realistic and achievable.
The notice should also clarify the date the tenant must vacate the property. When writing it, get advice from a legal representative. Or reach out to our property management team.
Navigating the Eviction Process
Approach an eviction in a step-by-step fashion. First, serve that written eviction notice we outlined in the previous section. Keep track of the dates you added to that notice - store them on a digital calendar.
You must start the legal process if the issue continues past the deadline. That means filing an official eviction notice through the court. You'll need to prepare for the hearing and bring relevant evidence.
If the courts grant an eviction order, the next step will be managed by law enforcement.
Always check you stay within legal guidelines throughout this process.
Staying Organized With Tenant Management
It's vital to remain calm and organized when faced with a tenant problem. If you need to start the process for tenant eviction, get prepared. And if you follow the proper steps, you'll avoid stress and problems later.
Why not let the experts shoulder the burden for you? Hardland Property is well-equipped to make property management a breeze for you. Don't navigate these complexities alone. Contact our specialist team today.