Buying and immediately evicting tenants in Texas

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Greetings everyone!

I am looking at buying a 2 BDR with a triplex in the back. The real challenge with the buy and the reason it has sat on the market for 6 months is that the back tenants have trashed the place and need to be evicted as a first step. Has anyone gone through this process and become a seasoned expert on eviction best practices and how many months and cost that I should factor in the cash flow analysis?  

@Matthew Obenhaus :

Matthew, carefully inspect the lease and see if you have cause for evicting these tenants. This is a legal process and you cant just kick them out because you don't like how they live. There has to be some contractual/legal basis for their eviction. Just a thought! Best of luck


Wow that's tough. Have you thought of meeting/talking to the tenants? You might find out how dug in they are. Maybe you could get a sense if cash for keys would work in this case.

*** This is not legal advice and I am not your lawyer. ***

This is a pretty good summary of the eviction process in Texas. Very important to know exactly what the lease says and what the statutes require.

Thanks everyone. I suspected that the process would have ample legal considerations, especially in the fine lines between what might be normally expected wear and tear and more destructive tendencies. I will take an in depth look at the existing agreements and see what the stipulations are. If the leasing agreement is not all that ironclad or payments are being consistently made, which I suspect they are since they have government assistance coming in for that purpose. 

Why not offer to buy it with the condition that the tenants be out prior?

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