5 Signs that it’s Time to Evict Your Tenants
Some people are able to enjoy life as a landlord with the very best of tenants that never cause any trouble or dismay. Most landlords aren’t quite so lucky, however, and it seems that problematic tenants come every so often. Landlords oftentimes want to avoid the headache and hassle of an eviction whenever it is possible, not to mention the costs and the emotions that oftentimes result in additional damage to the home. However, there are certain times when you shouldn’t delay the eviction process.
- Tenants don’t Pay the Rent
Obviously the goal as a landlord is to profit on your property, or at a minimum maintain the mortgage payments each month. The reason for the need or want for the cash is irrelevant, as this is monies due and payable, by agreement, to you. No one has the right to withhold rent after signing into an agreement to pay a monthly amount. If talks to pay rent haven’t worked, there is no reason to prolong the inevitable.
Drugs are a crime all across the county. Knowingly allowing tenants that participate in illegal drug activity remain in your rental home is contributing to the problem, risking the lives and health of others, and potentially causing problems to your rental property. Whether it is illegal sales or use of drugs, you don’t want these kind of people to stay in your home long.
- Habitually Late with Rent
If you practically have to beg your tenants to pay their rent and never receive it on the agreed upon date, this is yet another reason that serves for grounds of eviction. You can only allow a tenant to get away with something so many times before it is time to cease all business relationships.
- Disruptive/Trouble Makers
If the tenants in your property are disrupting the peace and enjoyments of other tenants or causing a nuisance to the neighborhood, evicting them may very well be the cure. No one wants trouble makers in the area, especially other tenants who try to respect other people! Your first line of recourse is to talk to the tenant/ send them a warning, but if you cannot get a resolution, you might have no other option than to evict them.
- Property Damage
Normal wear and tear, such as stains on the carpet or torn blinds, are at the expense of the landlord when a tenant moves out. However, if a tenant causes gross negligence to the property or causes extensive damage beyond normal wear and tear during tenancy, this is grounds for eviction.
As a landlord, you want to be fair with each and every person that acquires tenancy with you. However, it is important that you understand that there is a time and a place to draw the line and eviction will become necessary. The five instances above are all perfect examples of such occasions.