There can be many reasons for evicting tenants, all of which can be found in the tenancy agreement. Tenants who violate the terms of this agreement are legally bound to face, at some point, the eviction process.
The process of evicting tenants needs to comply with local, state, and federal legislation. This is where many landlords fall on their sword, as many assume they can take the law into their own hands and manually evict the tenant. This would be to make a huge mistake, however.
That’s because the tenancy agreement is a two-way street – with both sides needing to comply accordingly. Though the landlord owns the property, it does not mean they can act as they wish. There are limits and there are laws.
Dealing with evictions
Landlords should first understand the letter of the law. They should know what local and federal legislation say on the matter, legislation which can – and does – evolve over time. Landlords need to stay up-to-date with the latest Las Vegas eviction legislation.
One thing that landlords cannot do is to act unreasonably, to act in a way not only contrary to the tenancy agreement but also in a way that could be interpreted as unreasonable. For example, it would be unreasonable to not allow the tenant the time to respond to your legitimate queries.
To act unreasonably may count against you should the case go to court. Landlords are also not permitted to evict the tenant of their own volition. To phrase it another way, the property is under control of the contract rather than the landlord or tenant.
Landlords must also not enter the property to remove any belongings that the tenant may have. This would be to act in breach of the rental agreement. Again, landlords should know what they can and cannot do, and not compromise their position in any way.
Give the tenant the appropriate time to respond to your requests. These requests may take the form of an email, a call, a letter, or a note attached to the front of the door. Keep a record of communication with the tenant at all times.
But landlords should do their best to avoid the eviction process. This can be achieved by installing an effective tenant filtering system that only selects the very best tenants. Good tenants are unlikely to a) cause trouble and b) not to pay rent.
As the leading property management company in Las Vegas, Triumph has screened hundreds of prospective tenants and maintains a database of quality tenants for interested landlords. Landlords, if they don’t have the time, should invest in these databases for their own security.
To find the very best tenants, landlords should perform rigorous background checks. They should screen the tenant – not only in terms of background checks and criminal records, but also in terms of their job security and existing financial position.
Then, and only then, can landlords find the best tenants, avoiding the eviction process, and stabilising a much-needed income stream from their property.
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