I just stopped in the courthouse today because I was tired of dealing with tenant thinking he can control the situation. If your a landlord dealing with a difficult tenant, remember these things:
- The moment your gut tells you, start the process. It’s easy stop listening to other people. I do them frequently, no need for an attorney.
- you are always in control, don’t let tenants manipulate you in any way. The legal system is on your side (assuming your a responsible landlord)
- You don’t have to entertain any kind of argument or confrontation. This is what the law is for, the judge will do this for you.
- You need to know your lease, make sure you have your tenants waive notice to eviction. This is real important in moving things along quickly.
- Trust your gut, I had a feeling with this guy, that feeling was right. When you interview tenants imagine dealing with them in a difficult scenario? Remember people are on their best behavior when you first meet and lease your place. Often times you can tell a lot by your gut and the rules of first impression.
On Court Day:
- Make it a point to be kind and smile to the court clerks, you would be amazed that they are actually the ones running the show. The judge – well he’s important too but the clerks do all the work. for example, my smile got me a court date that was sooner than I expected. They even double booked me with someone else just to help me out.
- Just be respectful, only speak when your asked. It’s not a complaint session, nobody really cares about what opinions, it’s about facts and the law.
- Remember your lease, and any evidence, photos, agreements and the original court papers. Bring a folder so you look organized.
- Your goal should be to get the tenant removed and get possession, always get possession of the apartment, no pay and stay. It’s not worth your time doing this over and over again for the same problem person.
- Move on – get them out, don’t cause too much aggravation else the tenant may destroy your place.