How to Evict for Nonpayment of Rent

Dealing with tenants can be quite cumbersome, especially when it involves getting them to pay the rent or else face eviction. Different areas have different lease and eviction laws, though they all have a few standardised practices, which involve sending a warning note to them, asking them to make the payment within the given time or else face eviction. It is important to take the tenant’s situation into consideration before taking a strict action against them. If they have the finances to pay off, but still refusing to do so, take the matter to the local court.


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    If you have not received the rent from the tenant even though it is due, give them a few extra days to pay up. Let them know this by sending them a note, clearly mentioning the time they have to make the payment and the consequences in case they fail to do so. Waiting for three-to-four days is sufficient if the decision rests entirely in your hands. Otherwise, wait for the time appointed by local laws before getting started with the eviction proceedings. If the tenant pays the rent in full, there is no need to initiate the eviction process, though do tell them firmly to avoid making a late payment in the future. If you receive a partial payment from the tenant, it will negate the process of eviction. If the past record of the tenant has been good, then accept the partial payment and give him a few extra days to make the full payment.

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    Once the time mentioned in the notice is up and the tenant has still not paid the rent, begin the eviction process. Take the matter to a local court and file your case there. You will be asked to wait for some time before your case can be heard. In some cases, the court will order the tenant to leave the residence. In other cases, however, the court may get the tenant to pay the rent and allow him to continue living in the residence, thus cancelling the eviction process.

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    After the eviction case gets heard in the court and a verdict is given, be sure to follow and implement the verdict in its true form instead of distorting it to your advance. Remember, you are not allowed to harass your tenant in any way. This means that no matter how badly you want to evict them, you cannot change the locks on the doors and cut off basic utilities such as water, electricity, heating, etc.

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