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Landlord Advice: How to Handle Evictions

Landlord Advice: How to Handle Evictions

Although nobody likes evictions, they are unfortunately common. Some experts have estimated that there are about four evictions every minute in the United States!

That means that every landlord and property manager in San Diego should be prepared for the eviction process. This process can be different depending on where you are. It is far better to learn about the process in advance rather than in the middle of an actual eviction.

So what do you need to know the next time you have to evict a tenant? Read on to learn about the most important things you should keep in mind about the election process!

Know-How to Evict a Tenant in Your State

A lot of the tips in this brief article are for general evictions. However, there are some special rules depending on which state you are in. Make sure that you look up the laws about evictions in your state.

Expert property management companies will often know about the specific laws in your state.  Keep in mind that some San Diego Property Management companies, like Penny Realty, offer an Eviction Free Guarantee at no additional cost to their Owner/Clients.

Find Out What Qualifies a Bad Tenant for Eviction

To evict a tenant, your will have to prove that you have grounds to do so. And you were going to have to prove it to the satisfaction of the law. The law recognizes certain behaviors as justification for evicting a tenant.

In general, you can evict a tenant for failing to pay rent or causing excessive property damage. You can also evict a tenant for disturbing other tenants or using their property illegally.

However, the mere fact that these things happen is not enough. You have to be able to prove that they happen. Therefore you should gather documentation and evidence for any of these behaviors.

You should also account for any special laws in place in the San Diego area due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Follow the Official Eviction Process

Once you are ready, you need to start the official eviction process. That starts with trying to convince tenants to act properly. When you have given that a reasonable try and it has failed, then you will need to issue a formal eviction notice.

Depending on your state, you will need to provide your tenant with a certain number of days before they need to vacate the property. 

If the time comes for a tenant to vacate the property and they still have not done so, then it is time to go to court.

Attend Hearings for Affecting Tenants

You will then need to attend a hearing. There, officials of the law will ask you to show proof that you have followed proper procedure. If everything is in order, then you will probably win your case.

At that point, you will follow the instructions that the judge gives. Your tenant will have to vacate within a certain number of days. If they refuse to do so voluntarily, an officer of the law will force them to go.

Know All About How to Manage Evictions

We hope that you learned something helpful about evictions in this brief article on how to make the process go as smoothly as possible. Although it is never pleasant, knowing what you are doing can take the edge off of the eviction process.

To learn more about how to manage tenants, improve your tenant screening, and other aspects of San Diego property management, feel free to get in touch with us at any time here!