Evictions are a landlord's worst nightmares.
Sometimes you see them coming for some time before they actually hit. A tenant moves in and immediately starts causing trouble. Maybe they are bothering neighbors or they come up short (or not at all) for the first month's rent. Any number of things could happen that puts them in the delinquent tenant category. If their credit was only so-so and their references were a little sketchy, you might not be too surprised, but if they came highly recommended with a stellar history, it may catch you off your guard.
There will be times when you might find a way around the eviction process, but you'll want to be careful when you make these decisions.
Consistency is key in the rental business, because you don't want to look like you're discriminating against certain tenants. The individual may be a decent individual that has simply hit hard times, but the truth remains that if they can't pay you, you likely can't pay the various expenses on the property itself.
There will be times that an eviction is your only option, and if you come to that point you'll want to know exactly how to handle it.
Rules differ from state to state (and sometimes even from city to city), so you'll want to follow those for your own area.
We’ve put together a short list of articles on eviction laws around the United States. It's not a full list, but you'll find links for the articles available below:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
- Washington DC
*Please note: These articles are for informational purposes and we advise you to consult an attorney for more specific information related to your situation.
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