How to Evict a Tenant

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To evict a tenant, first consult with an attorney to make sure they have violated his or her lease, deliver an eviction notice to the tenant in person and file all of the proper paperwork before going to court, if necessary. Evict a tenant and reclaim the rental property with advice from an experienced property manager and landlord in this free video on rental property.

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Hi I'm Damon Thompson I've been a landlord for over ten years and I have five multi unit buildings. This is how to evict a tenant. The first thing you need to do is make sure that the tenant has committed some type of offense that they can be evicted for. That should be spelled out on their lease agreement or rental agreement and it's going to either state non payment of rent, destruction of property, they have too many people living in the home. You want to make sure that they've actually committed this offense. The next thing you need to do is consult with an attorney. The attorney is going to let you know what your rights are and tell you that you need to go to your courthouse and pick up one of these. This is a notice for your tenant that's going to give written notification to them of what ever offense they committed and your plans to evict them based on that offense. You get one of these papers, you are going to have to fill it out and you actually deliver it to your tenant in person. After this you are going to make sure that you contact the court to find out what the outline procedures are for your state or local municipality in terms of evicting tenants. You are going to find out what those procedures are and make sure you follow them to the letter and you adhere to the dates involved. Because any filing of any paper work late on your part will cause more times then not the tenant to stay longer then you want them too. And if unfortunately you have to evict this tenant and go to court again make sure you fill out all the paper work and file the paper work completely and filed, make sure it's filed on time. Because it's going to help you to reclaim your property so you can fix it up and rent it out for the next prospective tenant. I'm Damon Thompson and that's how to evict a tenant.

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