In an ideal world, every tenant you lease a property to would pay rent on time and always follow the terms of the lease. However, almost every landlord ends up with a problem tenant every now and then, so you might end up needing to consider an eviction. It can be challenging to figure out if you should go straight to eviction or try to work with your tenant whenever there are issues. If you have rented out your downtown San Diego real estate and your tenant is being problematic for you, use these tips to tell if it’s time to begin the eviction process.
The Tenant Never Pays Rent
Not paying the rent is the most common reason for eviction. You can warn the tenant and give him or her a chance to pay late, but if he or she ignores you and shows no sign of paying, you should start the eviction process. Evicting a bad tenant allows you to get a new paying tenant as soon as possible.
You Discover the Tenant Is Breaking the Law
Having a criminal involved in drugs, theft, or other crimes in your building creates an unsafe environment for other tenants. Check your lease and state rental laws to see if a recent criminal conviction is grounds for eviction.
The Tenant Is Always Late with Rent
Constantly chasing a tenant around begging for rent could cause excess stress you probably don’t need. Tenants who are frequently late paying their rent often have money problems that eventually lead to them not paying the rent. Constant late payments can be a legal reason to evict someone.
Excessive Damage Is Done to the Property
It’s normal for there to be issues like stained carpet, a torn blind, or a broken cabinet door. However, if the damage goes beyond small and easily fixed problems, you might want to evict the tenant before he or she causes more damage. Extensive damage like giant holes in exterior walls or doors torn off the frame may be cause for eviction.
Tenants Continue to Violate Rules Despite Warnings
In many states, you’re legally required to give tenants a chance to fix lease violations. Sometimes, you might be able to skip all the hassle of eviction and keep a paying tenant by offering a chance to fix small issues. However, if the tenant continues to violate lease requirements and building rules, it may be time to evict him or her. Repeated violations show the tenant is not interested in working with you and respecting the property.
Other Tenants Complain About Disruptions
Other tenants in the building have the right to live in a reasonably peaceful and safe environment. If other people have to repeatedly call for noise complaints or report that the tenant is harassing them, you might need to evict the problem tenant to keep everyone else.
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