Quick Tips: Eviction Notices & the Eviction Process
Eviction sucks for everyone involved (we know because we are landlords too, and we’ve been tenants at one time as well). It’s frustrating as a landlord to have tenants who think they can just live for free while you’re ensnared in the court process, but the truth is, well, they can (until you go through the legal process, anyway). Here are some things to keep in mind about the eviction process:
- Never, ever change the locks or remove tenants’ belongings on your own.
- As soon as the rent is late (or when you realize the tenant is otherwise breaking the lease agreement), send the proper eviction notice for your state/province, and use certified mail (keep the confirmation receipt!)
- After the waiting period, you can file with the local court for eviction. A hearing is scheduled, which you should attend with any proof you can bring with you.
- Assuming the judge agrees with you at the hearing, you can then schedule an eviction date with the sheriff or other official representative of the courts.
- Show up on the day of the eviction to meet the sheriff, and bring a contractor to change the locks and start cleaning up the property as soon as the tenant is out.
- Collect the judgment against the tenant, for the back money they owe you!