The Eviction Process for Landlords

When you are a landlord, you will have to go through the eviction process. While no one enjoys doing this, it is a necessary part of the job. Here are the basics of the eviction process and how it works.


When a tenant fails to pay the rent, eventually you will have to evict them. You will be required to follow strict procedures. You cannot simply put a lock on the door and sell their possessions. Start by referring back to the signed lease and proceed according to the terms. Most of the time, the lease will outline what will happen if the tenant does not pay. There will be a designated timeframe for lates and late fees. For example, they might have a late fee to pay if the rent is 15 days late. After a month the late fee will go up. After two months, you will begin the eviction process. All leases and landlords are different, ih addition, each state also has its own rules and procedures you must follow.

Pay Rent or Quit

When a tenant fails to pay the rent, you will need to provide them with a pay or quit notice. This is a notice that says they will need to pay the rent quickly or quit the tenancy. In most cases, the state will provide the tenant with 3 to 5 days to pay the rent. If the tenant makes the payment during that time, they can avoid being evicted. However, if they fail to make the payment in the designated time period, the eviction process will continue.

Eviction Lawsuit

Once the tenant has gone past the designated period of time, you will need to file an eviction lawsuit against them. You will need to file the paperwork with your local courthouse. You may want to consider consulting with an attorney because they will be able to help you navigate through all of the legal processes easily.

An attorney is an important part of the process because they will help you avoid costly mistakes that can delay or even make you lose your case. The legal process is confusing and you must be able to provide the courts with all necessary documents in order to win.

Once the lawsuit is filed, the court will provide the tenant with a summons to appear in court. On the appointed court date, you and the tenant will need to appear in court. The judge will decide whether the tenant or landlord is correct. As long as you have done everything correctly, you should have nothing to worry about. The judge will award the lawsuit to you and will order the tenant to move out. If the tenant does not leave with a specified time period, the sheriff will come to the property and escort the tenant off of the premises.

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