If you are a landlord who has and manages a number of properties by yourself, you may already have a lawyer as part of your business. If you are only just starting out, you may still not have a go to lawyer, but it is vital that you get one as soon as possible. Even if you feel otherwise, there are some instances that call for legal aid and it is good to be aware of them.
When you need to evict a problem tenant
Handling evictions can be difficult on an emotional level if you know the tenants or if you have built a friendly relationship with them. Apart from these, there are a few things that you will have to keep in mind before you evict a tenant. Firstly, you cannot ask a tenant to leave simply because they are ‘awful’ to your eyes.
Do you need a lawyer?
Not always, but it is highly recommended. There are a number of laws and tenant rights concerning evictions and they are different in every state. Lawyers are trained and will be always updated on any amendments or new regulations. When you want to evict your current tenants, you will have to give a notice of eviction and in most cases will last for about 30 days. All the paperwork has to be done a certain way and you may not be qualified or have the time or patience to get it right.
If you want to evict your tenants, you can talk to them about it, and give them a month’s notice and in most cases, they may honor your request, but when they do not, you will want a lawyer backing you up.