Getting rid of tenants who aren’t complying with your lease agreement can be a harrowing task, and for many landlords and property managers, eviction is an ugly word. Eviction can occur for several reasons and it’s a lengthy process. In today’s blog, we’re touching on a few of the important things you need to do when you want to remove bad tenants from your property.
Three Day Notice
The most common reason for an eviction is the tenants or occupants are not adhering to the lease agreement. The lease is important and proper tenant screening will often help you avoid eviction. However, things happen and eviction sometimes becomes necessary. The first thing that needs to happen is service of a Three Day Notice. This can be a notice for non-compliance or for non-payment of rent. It can be a Three Day Notice to Pay or Quit. Prepare the notice and place it on the property. This allows you to notify tenant.
The tenants have three days to rectify the situation. Usually, they will take you seriously and fix the problem. If not, your next step is to file a complaint with the court system and go through legal channels. At this point, the tenant has a couple of options. The tenant’s response will determine whether the eviction is contested or uncontested, and that dictates what your next steps will be and how long the process will take.
In Utah, research has shown that if you have legal representation as a property owner or management company, you are likely to get the eviction resolved two weeks earlier than if you did it without legal help. It does cost you a little bit of money to hire an attorney, but you need to consider how much it costs you to have a nonpaying tenant in your property and the amount of time it will take to find a new tenant. The formula might show you that if you ultimately want to get a bad tenant out and a better tenant in, having an attorney help you do it faster is the better option.
Hopefully you will never have to go through an eviction, but if you do, these are the preliminary steps you’ll need to take. You can always reach out to us with questions you might have about the process. Contact us at Property Solutions of Utah, and we’d be happy to help you.