The most awful task that property management hates is evicting a tenant. Even with astounding and firm tenant screening procedures in place, you cannot rule out having the occasional bad tenant. Hence, every property manager should be ready to deal with tenant eviction effectively.
The first thing to consider is whether there are any possible alternatives to eviction. Of course, if the tenant is engaging in criminal activity, there is no other option but to evict the person, but in other instances, there might be alternatives that might be better than taking the matter to court and incurring all the additional money and effort.
Should You Evict a Fantastic Tenant Facing Financial Problems?
If a reliable tenant is experiencing financial problems recently, then property management should consider options and possible solutions that can work out for both parties. Here are some options that might work:
- If a respectable tenant is falling back on rentals, due to certain financial problems, then the problem can be reviewed. If property management finds that there are outstanding chances of the tenant's disposable income rebounding, then it is better to make a customized payment plan that covers the current rent plus part of the past dues. However, such a plan will not work, if the tenant has lost his job, and is not likely to find a new one in the next couple of months.
- If the problem is not financial and the tenant has violated the lease agreement, then the nature and frequency of the infraction can be considered. An official warning can be given, which also states that property management will be left with no other alternative but evicting the tenant, if the infraction is repeated.
- If the lease of a tenant facing financial issues has to be renewed, then the best option would be not to renew it. This will save property management the cost and effort of the usual eviction process.
- If the tenant has lost his job, then property management can consider hiring the person to do office-work or to do some other job that matches his skills. However, this option may not work on all properties.
Tips for Eviction
When eviction is the only option, here are some important points to consider:
- Meticulously follow the local and state laws regarding the eviction process.
- Make sure the official eviction notice does not have any mistakes and it is served to the tenant in the required manner. Otherwise, the case could be thrown out of court, and property management will have to begin all over again.
- When tenants are aware that they are going to be evicted, they will try their best to avoid being served the notice. Hence, property management might have to employ a professional, who is skilled at this job.
- There are different types of eviction notices, and the proper one for the particular circumstance should be served as per prevailing laws. Most notices will have an exception, where the tenant has a chance of fulfilling the condition to avoid being evicted. However, unconditional notice can also be served when the tenant has done something criminal or seriously violated the lease agreement.