How to Handle the Tenant Eviction Process

How to Handle the Tenant Eviction Process

As a landlord, there is always that chance that you are going to deal with noisy tenants who don't pay their rent. There are so many things that you can do to prevent leasing to this kind of tenant.

Unfortunately, once you have one, it can be difficult to have them vacate the rental property. 

Continue reading to learn how to handle the eviction process as a landlord. We'll also discuss how property management in San Fransisco Bay can help you along the way. 

Steps to Take to Evict a Tenant

There are certain steps that you need to take to evict a tenant who is violating their lease agreement. This may be a refusal or inability to pay rent or vandalism of your rental property.

You have to be sure that you follow California law when it comes to evicting tenants as a landlord in San Fransisco Bay.

The first thing that you have to do when it comes to evicting a tenant is to give them notice of their lease violation. You can give them a curable notice where paying their rent or fixing the problem at hand by a certain date will allow them to continue living in your rental property. Or you can give them a "notice to quit" where they have a certain amount of time to leave the premises. 

These notices should be sent via certified mail so that you have a legal record date for the eviction.

When they have been notified of their eviction, they will have a certain number of days until you take legal action. To have a forcible detainer, there are two forms that you need to have on your end: eviction complaint and summons.

Once the eviction is awarded to the landlord, the tenant will be removed from the property. When you run into an issue with this, law enforcement may have to get involved to make the tenant leave the property. 

The Unfortunate Cost of Eviction

Evictions can cost thousands of dollars to execute. You can expect to pay hefty court fees and attorney fees to get the ball rolling. In some cases, you may not get back lost rent. It's also possible that you will have to pay out-of-pocket to repair any property damage that occurred along the way. 

Preventing Evictions From the Start

Thankfully, there is a way for you to reduce the chance that you will even have to deal with evicting your tenants. With tenant screening before you allow them to sign a lease, you will be able to see if your prospective tenant:

  • Has the ability to pay rent
  • Doesn't have evictions on their record
  • Has a criminal background that may jeopardize their tenancy 

It's important to remember, however, it may be considered discrimination if you refuse to rent to them for certain reasons based on your location.

Property Management in San Fransisco Bay

With property management in San Fransisco Bay, we can help with so much more than maintaining your rental property and collecting rental payments. You can inquire about our services including tenant screening and eviction protection.

Contact Kenny Realty today for more information.

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