Evicting bad tenants should be rare. If you have a great screening process in place and you know how to interview people, you can place a tenant who will pay rent on time, take care of the home, and follow the terms of your rental agreement.
However, bad things happen to good tenants. If your tenant is unable to meet their obligations, you may need to pursue an eviction. This process can be expensive and time consuming, especially if you aren’t sure what you’re doing. Even an innocent mistake can set you back months and cost you extra money. Try to avoid evictions when you can, and if you need to use the courts to remove a tenant, talk to an attorney or a property manager.
When your tenant doesn’t pay rent, you must serve them with a notice demanding payment or vacancy. Usually, you’ll hear from your tenants at this point, and they might want to work out a payment arrangement or ask for a few extra days to catch up. If they don’t pay rent after the notice is posted, you will need to file an Unlawful Detainer lawsuit to evict them.
Filing the Eviction in Court
You’ll need to file your lawsuit in court, and wait for the tenants to be served with the Summons & Complaint. The tenants will have five days to respond, and you’ll either receive a summary judgment from the courts or you’ll have to attend an eviction hearing. When you win your eviction case, you’ll get a Writ of Possession, which entitles you to ask the sheriff to remove the tenants from the property and restore possession to you.
Working with Professionals
When it comes to evicting a tenant, we always recommend you seek professional help. We have two eviction protection plans at White Glove Property Management, and that will protect you in the event that a tenant needs to be removed. California tends to be a tenant-friendly state, and it’s easy to make an expensive mistake.
Owning a rental property comes with liability, and working with experts like our team at White Glove can help you minimize the risk and have a positive, profitable ownership experience.