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Smart Landlords

Nothing is worse then having to evict a bad tenant. Smart landlords hand the process over to someone who knows the property management industry, and consider it a cost of doing business. If you’re thinking about getting Management for your home, apartment, or condo, right now might be a good time to start. If are struggling to handle management yourself, here are some tips that might help.


Before filing with the County Clerk:

  1. Don’t wait to post the first notice. The sooner you start the process, the better.
  2. If the tenant has already bounced a check, take all future payments in cash or cash form.
  3. Keep in touch with the tenants if you can, and communicate in a professional, matter of fact way. Don’t threaten, but be firm about the fact that they can’t stay if they are in breach of the lease.


After filing:

  1. Do each step of the eviction process as quickly as the law allows.
  2. Stay in touch with the Clerk’s office for updates on the progress of your file.
  3. Start getting the proof of non-military status right away. It can take time to receive, so you’ll want to get it before you actually need it. 


Other things to Keep in Mind:

  • Don’t take the eviction personally. Renting is a business, and not everyone is a good customer.
  • Look for signs that a renter may not be able to honor the remainder of the lease. Lost income, continued late pays, difficulty in collecting are all red flags that pre-empt an eviction. Take them seriously and discuss the situation with the tenant. A
  • Make sure all of your leases have an early termination clause. Sometimes, the best option is to collect the liquidated damages (hopefully from last and security that you are holding) and move on.
  • The easiest way to get a squatter is to let them use last and security to pay rent. Always keep that in escrow until the lease ends. If they ask you along the way to use one of those in advance, start talking about early termination at that moment.
  • If you are having continued issues with tenants, you shouldn’t be managing your own unit. Get a good management company and focus on other things.