Eviction

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Hi all 

Im a newbie in the real estate game, joined biggerpockets.com about a month ago and just got my first investment property located in Lynn Massachusets  (2 family home) I'm a full time chef,full time student and also trying to get my real state license. I don't know nothing about n how to fix things n a house but I thing I have is the desire to succeed n the real estate game. Looking for a mentor that will guide me n the  right path.

does anyone experience an eviction n the 

Massachusetts area? How costly is it ? Tell me your past experience? 

Thank you,

I do not know how evictions work in Massachusetts, I hear it is a pretty tenant friendly area which is not desirable but I imagine it cannot be all that bad compared to Ohio.

Just wanted to give some advice about evictions in general.

When I was first starting out I was afraid of evictions.  Going to court, serving the notice, arguing in court, LOOSING THE CASE....the entire process. I quickly learned that it is no big deal and just part of the game. I have never lost an eviction no matter how hard a tenant tries to fight it. 

Just my $.02 

To be honest I'm afraid too bc I never been through that process . When you say "is not desirable" what do you mean by that ? Any quick tips ? 

California, where I own is also considered tenant friendly. If I were managing myself, I would speak with an eviction attorney before taking any steps, (aside from serving a 3 day notice to quit or pay rent). 

Here in CA eviction attorneys are a necessary part of the process. I can't imagine it's too different there. But in any case it's important to manage in a professional manner. ie documenting everything in writing and no cutting off electricity, etc. 

@Luis Capriles   go Google "flat rate eviction attorney Massachusetts" and find one in your area. They tend to be less expensive and they're "fire and forget." You just provide them with basic paperwork and they handle the entire process for one low fee. In my area this costs about $500. Your area will be different but probably in that same ballpark.

This really is the least stressful way to get evict a tenant.

@Luis Capriles  

The eviction process in Massachusetts is very tenant friendly. As the landlord you need to make sure you are fair and have everything in writing. I have been to housing court and almost all the cases I saw went to the tenants favor. Really the only time it went to the landlords favor is when the tenant could not pay. 

Are you looking to do an eviction? Or do you need to?

Mike

Originally posted by @Mike Hoefling :

@Lusi Capriles 

The eviction process in Massachusetts is very tenant friendly. As the landlord you need to make sure you are fair and have everything in writing. I have been to housing court and almost all the cases I saw went to the tenants favor. Really the only time it went to the landlords favor is when the tenant could not pay.

No I just get my first investment property and just wanted to know how's the process 

@Luis Capriles  

If this is your first investment property do your self a favor:

Talk to an insurance agent about renters insurance policies and what kinds of renters policies you can make claims against and under what conditions. You should consider making your tenants get a renters policy as a part of your lease. If they damage your property in excess of the security deposit potentially you have someone besides a tenant to extract monetary damages from.

    Evictions in MA are what they are. They aren't tenant-friendly or landlord-friendly. I have been through several evictions over the years. I always do fine. If you have your paperwork in order and you understand the laws you will do fine. If you dont fully understand the laws hire an attorney for the first one or two or until you are comfortable on your own. Personally I cant see paying $200/hour for an attorney to tell the judge my tenant is behind on their rent and I want them to move out. 

    @Lusi CaprilesWelcome.

    You should have joined us at our December 12/30/14 meeting. The Housing Court Judge and his Housing Specialists took us through the whole process. (Website in the signature below.}

    joined bp 2 months ago :((

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