Los Angeles Property Management companies know it’s frustrating when tenants stop paying rent. Having already gone through the leasing process, and now you’re more than likely going to have to do it all over again.
Instead of giving your late tenants an earful, Los Angeles Property Managers recommend you begin the eviction process right away. The quicker you get them out, the closer you’ll get to finding the another tenant for your property.
Of course Los Angeles Property Management companies know every situation is different, and many handled differently. While it’s not recommend, a few landlords try to strike a deal with their tenants, this would require them to pay back the rent in installments by a certain date.
If this the route that is chosen, be sure to have everything in writing. This will legally bind you and your tenant to any agreement. If the tenant still happens to not pay back the rent by the agreed time, it’s going to look like you’ll end up back at square one. Los Angeles Property Management companies by then hand out a three day notice to pay or quit.
Normally, the notice will include your name, the address where the tenant can deliver the rent, office hours and a phone number. You’ll have to personally deliver the notice, but if the tenant isn’t home you can serve the three day notice by taping it to their door and at the same time, mail it to the tenant. Los Angeles Property Managers say, make sure to keep the return receipt when you mail the notice. Also, be sure to review your state’s landlord tenant laws closely when getting this form and proceed with the unlawful detainer action.
File An Unlawful Detainer Action A.K.A. AN Eviction
After the notice period is done, Los Angeles Property Managers suggest you start compiling the documents you’ll need to file an eviction complaint.
More than likely you’ll be needing your housing license or proof of ownership, the lease, and proof that the three day notice was given with the return receipt. Bring cash or checks, you’ll have to pay the legal fees.
Los Angeles Property Management companies want you know your landlord tenant laws and call your local landlord/tenant court to ask what documents are going to be needed to file with the eviction.
If there’s no need to go through the court and have to file the unlawful detainer action yourself, there are still plenty of services for hire that will do the eviction for you. The local apartment association would be able to refer one.
Los Angeles Property Managers want you to make note that after the eviction action is filed, the tenant will be served notice of the scheduled eviction hearing date. Do be aware that this might take some time, and during this time the tenant will more than likely not be paying rent. If you win the judgement against the tenant, a local sheriff will remove the tenant and seize any belongings in the unit. Once the tenant is out, the Los Angeles Property Management unit is yours again.
Los Angeles Property Management companies want you to know, the eviction process is not that simple. There’s going to be a lot of waiting, and during that time you’ll need to deal with your non paying tenant.
It’s not a good idea to threaten them (in both a verbally and writing a note to them), and do not change the locks, or shut any of the utilities off. With this time, it can be easy to get caught up in that time and moment, but once these steps have been done and they win judgement against the tenant, it’s back to business.
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