Evicting a Tenant – What You Need To Know and How Your Property Manager Can Help

An eviction is a legal process in which a landlord removes a tenant from a rental property. If you are considering an eviction, it’s important to know the best way to go about it and what to expect during the process. It’s also important to know that specific laws can vary by state or even local laws, so be sure to check them to ensure you are acting according to law. Below our team of experts uncovers the secret behind properly evicting a tenant and what you need to know, as well as how your property manager can help.

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5 Valid Reasons To Evict A Tenant

At some point, every landlord will find themselves faced with the painful and difficult task of evicting a tenant. Whether it’s time to part ways with an unmanageable tenant or you simply want to take your rental property off the market, you will want to make sure that the eviction process goes smoothly, and legally. Continue on to learn more about the five valid reasons for evicting a tenant, what you need to know, and how your property manager can help with this too.

1. Failure to Pay Rent or Habitually Late Payment

In most states, landlords can evict a tenant for failure to pay rent or habitually late payments. Again, these laws vary by state, however, in most cases you will need to send out a Notice of Default, which serves as a warning to tenants who need to pay their rent or face the consequences.

Be sure to outline a late rent policy in your rental agreement. A great landlord will document every payment received, on time or late, to create a clear paper trail.

2. Violation of Lease

Violations of a lease can include violating a no-pets policy or subletting the property to occupants not listed on the lease. Keep in mind that a rental agreement goes both ways and a tenant could take you to small claims court for anything you are responsible for.

It’s a good idea to have an airtight rental agreement. Consider running your rental agreement by an attorney to ensure all your bases are covered and you are in compliance with the law.

3. Using Property for Illegal Purposes

This includes tenants who are not only distributing illegal substances out of your rental property, but it also includes occupants who are operating a legitimate business out of the property.

This is because using the rental property for illegal purposes is a violation of the rental agreement, insurance policy, and could even be breaking zoning laws.

4. Disrupting Other Tenants

It’s important to act quickly to resolve this issue. This way, you have a higher chance of witnessing the noise firsthand and will give you the facts you need to resolve the complaint.

Additionally, inaction and excessive noise for too long could result in a lawsuit.

5. Damage to Property

Normal wear and tear are to be expected, however, excessive damage including huge holes in the wall, it’s time to take action.

It’s a good idea to conduct a walkthrough of the property with each tenant to help you prove which tenant caused the damage. Taking photos or videos of the condition of the property will only help build your case.

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Evicting a Tenant – What You Need To Know and How Your Property Manager Can Help

To have a successful eviction process, your trusted property manager should follow the state’s guidelines for a legal eviction. Most states have a detailed legal eviction process to follow.

Whether in our beautiful state of Arizona or somewhere else, you are more than welcome to reach out to our team to have your questions answered. Your call will be answered by a highly trained professional with the experience necessary to calm any concerns.

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The process of evicting a tenant can be complicated and can take a lot of time. It’s a serious legal situation that can sometimes be messy and expensive. Whenever possible, problem tenants should always be avoided, even though it’s basically impossible to predict the future. To minimize the risk of evictions, it’s important for a good property manager to find good tenants through a detailed screening process.

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