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The Ugly Side of Rentals: Tenant Eviction

tenant evictionThere comes a time in every landlord’s job when they must evict a tenant. It is a very difficult thing to do, particularly for those who have lived in a location for a long time. Eviction is not a personal thing; this is a business decision. Your rental properties are for income and wealth, and your financial well-being should come before personal relationships. A tenant who is not keeping their side of a legally binding contract must leave.

The first thing you must understand is that laws for eviction vary by state. You will need to familiarize yourself with the specific laws in your own state. Let’s begin.

You must have a valid reason to evict a tenant. Here are some examples of valid reasons for eviction:

Late rent – It is understandable to run behind once and a while because of unseen difficulties. You should work with your tenant if possible to work out a payment plan. Remember: this person is paying you. It is a business issue, not a personal one.

Contract Violation – Your lease is a binding legal agreement that outlines what is and what is not acceptable behaviors and issues. Many leases outline rules on pets, residents, landscaping or any number of potential elements. It may be enough, but you will need to document and be certain before escalating to the next step.

Serious Violations – Consistent late payments on rent, drugs or other safety concerns are good cause to start the process. Serious violations can be as broad as you wish, but they need to be laid out in the contract.

For more information about the eviction process in our area, contact Real Property Management Wake County today. We know the ins and outs of property management and are happy to help!

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