evictions. feedback requested

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we own 3 rental properties. we are on the verge of evicting tenants on 2 of our properties. we have never done this before and appreciate feedback.

tenant 1. has been wonderful. no issues or problems and paid on time for about 16 months. he is a house flipper and recently fell on hard times. he did not pay his January or February rent. he says he is waiting for closing and funding to hit on several properties and as soon as he gets paid he intends to pay all late fees. we are running out of patience. we also recently found out he has a cat and the lease says no pets.

tenant 2. is a big problem. he pays late all the time and no late fees paid. no pets in the lease. we recently found out he has 3 pit bulls. the lease mentions he is in default of the lease plus fees if pets are found.

I've talked to an eviction assistance company. we pay about $400 to start the process.

we have seen terrible stories of damage tenants do once eviction process starts.

we might be able to cover these processes but the damage could really be a struggle.

both leases are up around june.

@Ellen Alvarez  A bad tenant can do terrible things to a property on their way out, evicted or not. Generally your insurance will cover vandalism-minus deductible and normal wear and tear. There are numerous threads on here re evictions so do some searches. Also revisit your screening process and inspections. All the best!

Originally posted by @Ellen Alvarez :

we own 3 rental properties. we are on the verge of evicting tenants on 2 of our properties. we have never done this before and appreciate feedback.

tenant 1. has been wonderful. no issues or problems and paid on time for about 16 months. he is a house flipper and recently fell on hard times. he did not pay his January or February rent. he says he is waiting for closing and funding to hit on several properties and as soon as he gets paid he intends to pay all late fees. we are running out of patience. we also recently found out he has a cat and the lease says no pets.

tenant 2. is a big problem. he pays late all the time and no late fees paid. no pets in the lease. we recently found out he has 3 pit bulls. the lease mentions he is in default of the lease plus fees if pets are found.

I've talked to an eviction assistance company. we pay about $400 to start the process.

we have seen terrible stories of damage tenants do once eviction process starts.

we might be able to cover these processes but the damage could really be a struggle.

both leases are up around june.

 Tenant 1 - if he's waiting for closing, you can't even put a lien on the property, so he has to go.  

Tenant 2 - has to go, too.

I would not pay an eviction service, if you're concerned about damage.  I've been able to successfully negotiate tenants out without damage.  What's worked for me is to nicely have a chat - "Joe, you know I'm going to have to ask you to vacate.  Nothing will go on your credit report if you just leave the place clean, undamaged and empty the place of all of your stuff and not just pile it up outside.

Then, I'll give you all of your deposit money back in cash when you give me the keys.

That's always been enough for me.  They are usually really afraid that this will be an eviction on their record. So, you have to be clear and reassuring about that. Otherwise, they could feel they have nothing left to lose.

Tenant 1 can't afford to have an eviction or judgment on his credit because of his business, so he should agree.  Tenant 2 might be more of a fighter, and you may need to reassure that tenant that they won't have an eviction on their report if they leave quietly.

They'll both need the deposit money and getting it in cash really helps them.  

Be sure and also get them to sign an agreement that this ends their tenancy as long as there are no further problems.

Sue K. I hope you get this message. I'm sorry it took so long for me to reply. You gave me great advice. I guess I don't know much about evictions... When an eviction happens does it go on their credit report? I figured the only way a landlord would know about an eviction is if the new landlord asked for rental history from the old landlord. AND if the tenant didn't list the place they were evicted from there would be no way for the new tenant to know. To be honest I need one rented before I can risk starting the other or else I might be in a financial bind.

Thanks for your help!

Things have changed with Tenant 1; He is moving out by the end of this month.  He is allowing my realtor to show the place while he is there and he always kept it clean.  One person wants it already but they don't want to move until the end of March and their credit score is 580.  

Once I have it rented, I will move on to Tenant 2 with your statement:

you know I'm going to have to ask you to vacate. Nothing will go on your credit report if you just leave the place clean, undamaged and empty the place of all of your stuff and not just pile it up outside.

Then, I'll give you all of your deposit money back in cash when you give me the keys.

Tenant #1...... you should have started the eviction paperwork after the Jn rent was not paid..... ALWAYS start it.... you can always stop it..... but it takes time, so the longer you wait, the longer the entire ordeal plays out.

My biggest advice is to NOT make you decision based on FEAR..... yes, tenants can destroy places out of spite, but its not as common as you think. You cant give the tenant that much power over you

Best technique is to be firm but professional and dangle the deposit in front of them if they just get out now and with no major damage. Most of them really need that $$ more than they need the satisfaction of destroying your unit.

Don't operate out of a position of fear

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