Tips for Landlords When Rental Problems Arise

You’ve done everything right — or at least you thought you did. You screened your tenants, took a security deposit and have a solid lease. Despite your best efforts, however, things can go wrong. A tenant can be late or even become delinquent in the rental payments. Or, a tenant may be disregarding the rules in the lease by having too many people living in the unit or damaging the property.

Maybe things have gotten so bad that you want the tenant out. While an eviction is not pleasant, sometimes it is the best solution.

While you don’t have to be an attorney specializing in landlord tenant law, it’s essential to become familiar with the rules that govern your actions. Each state and even some municipalities have their own landlord tenant law, so it’s important to research your specific area.

Be sure you follow the steps required by your state law and sometimes local law as well. This usually includes giving advanced written notice to your tenants of your decision to evict. Calling on an attorney who specializes in these actions can help smooth the process and move it along more quickly.

Once you’re successful in court, you’ll need to have the tenant properly served with a notice to vacate the premises. Following the legal procedure after a court decision is as important as following it before and you may benefit from an attorney’s assistance.

A word of caution, don’t try to self-evict the tenant by changing the locks or throwing out the tenant’s property. This won’t help your case and may delay the move and the time when you can re-rent the unit and collect rent again.

Each situation is different and having a reliable team of experts that includes an attorney can help you take the right steps to a happy resolution. Our Landlord Toolbox also has great advice and information to help make your rental business a success.


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