How to Avoid the Hassle and Time Wasted on Evicting a Tenant

If you are a landlord you have to be very careful in regard to the steps you take to evict a tenant. First of all, try and avoid the eviction process all together by offering incentives for the tenant to move and leave the unit in good condition.

The incentives you offer prior to beginning the eviction process do not have to be lavish. One way to approach the situation may be to offer a small monetary incentive such as: forgiving what they owe in rent (if it is a reasonable amount) and if they leave the unit by a certain date and in good condition you give them back their security deposit (Even though they may owe back rent).

Keep in mind that you have to take into account the potential cost in time and money when you decide to go through with the eviction process. Especially, if the tenant requests a jury trial when answering the unlawful detainer because you can avoid using an attorney in order to draft the initial complaint within the eviction process but eventually you will want representation when the case goes to trial and that will not be cheap.

You must also consider the time it takes to evict a tenant. The reason why you want to try and use an incentive for the tenant to leave, first, prior to beginning the eviction process is because evictions are not an overnight process. There are several steps to an eviction and they may take time depending on the case load of the court for which you file the unlawful detainer. Try and think “out of the box” and do not allow your emotions to get the best of you. Be smart and try to provide an incentive for the tenant to move before you decide to begin the eviction process. Also, do not wait until the tenant has not paid rent for 90 or more days. Try and catch tenant issues early on. You will save yourself time, aggravation and money.

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