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Get to know the law before evicting a tenant

If you have a tenant who has taken advantage of you or been unable to pay for rent, then it's time to consider eviction. Evictions are sometimes a necessity because tenants aren't always good about paying on time or treating your property with respect.

If you're in a position where you want your tenant to go, then you need to find out if you can evict them. You can typically choose not to continue the lease, evict due to damage on the property or evict because of breaking rules set out in the lease.

What can you do if you want a tenant to leave?

If eviction is on your mind, keep in mind that you have to make sure the tenant gets a chance to correct any wrongdoing. Generally speaking, you have to give notice for minor infractions and time for the tenant to fix whatever problems come up. You almost always have to give a tenant a warning, in writing, before you can evict them.

Next, you'll need to follow the strict legal process for eviction. If you skip any step, then you might end up having a judge rule against you. Instead, talk with your attorney before you begin the process, so you know you're doing everything in the right order.

Give your tenant notice of the intention to evict them. In some states, you have to give the tenant a few days of notice before you start the eviction process. The notice, called a notice to vacate, tells the tenant you intend to ask them to move out.

This is just the beginning of the eviction process. Make sure you follow the laws, and you won't have any trouble evicting your tenant.

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