Posted in Blog  
  on Jun 01, 2014

How to Get a Tenant to Move Out

Every landlord gets stuck with that one difficult tenant that just causes an enormous amount of stress at least once in a career. Some landlords end up with this unfortunate problem multiple times. There are a number of ways that a tenant can become a problem, but there's usually only one good solution to solve the issue: to get the tenant to move out.

If you would like know how to get a tenant to move out, here are some ideas for you to consider that go beyond the sometimes costly eviction process.

#1. Consider Paying a Tenant To Move Out

Have your legal team draw up an agreement that tells your tenants that you will pay them to leave your property in a good enough condition to rent to another party. You'll likely want to include a stipulation that you can show the property as needed during their process of moving out. This will help to minimize your costs over the long haul, avoid an eviction process, and it usually works.

#2. Send Them Notice

If you're on a month-to-month lease, then you've got a lot of tools available to you. The best one of all is to just send them a notice to leave the property. Because the agreement renews every 30 days, you must give them the proper notice to move out according to your local state laws. You won't be breaking the lease by doing this either, but make sure you don't accept any rent for the month after your move-out date. If you do, then you're bound to those tenants for another 30 days.

#3. Change the Terms of the Lease

If you're not comfortable with just sending a tenant a notice to have them vacate the premises and you don't really want to go through an eviction process of a longer leasing term, then check to see what options you have to change the terms of the lease. Some states allow a rental agreement to be changed with 30 days’ notice, while others may require a full term to expire before changes can be made.

#4. Consider Breaking the Lease

If you're tenants are really bad, annoying, and you just need them out of your property, you always have an option to break the lease yourself. You'll expose yourself to an increased level of damages, including a double or triple security deposit award plus potential legal fees of the tenant, but you'll also solve the problem rather effectively by taking these steps.

#5. Start the Eviction Process

If your tenants are paying the rent or they're causing damage to your property, then it might be time to serve them with a Notice to Quit or a Notice to Pay or Quit. You'll need to wait the appropriate amount of time to continue with the process, but once you reach the summons part of this process most tenants are already gone because they don't really want to go to court. Just be careful: if you mess up even one small thing and a tenant contests the eviction, you may find yourself having to start over from the beginning.

You can't really force a tenant out all by yourself, but you can provide them with incentives or bring the court into the equation to solve your problem. Consider these steps to protect your investment today.


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