Eviction is the legal process where a tenant is forced to vacate the rental property. Landlords evict tenants for failure to pay rent, failure to pay rent in time, or simply not abiding by the tenant-landlord agreement.
In most cases, the tenant is given a 30-day notice to quit, and legal procedures are followed to make sure the process is completed without complications and to ensure that both parties have their rights protected.
If a person lost his job and finds it hard to meet the rent as they were doing before, he should explain his situation to the landlord and come up with an agreement that will cover the period he stays. Then he can look for another house or get another job. Failure to pay rent is not the only reason that can get one evicted. We explain several other reasons below.
- Getting on the wrong foot with a neighbor. This may involve constantly arguing and quarreling with a neighbor. To avoid complications, one may choose to move to avoid other associated problems that come with this kind of trouble.
- Failure to abide by a tenant-landlord act. In this situation, a tenant fails to live by the rules and laws governing the protection or peace of the tenant, the landowner, or even the neighbors. This is an important factor to look at as the comfort of everyone living in a certain apartment is crucial.
- Finding a bad landlord. In rare situations, one may find landlords who just don’t understand. Landlords who are just bad generally. This kind will not listen to anything. They want what they think or do to be the right thing. This kind of should be avoided as they might destroy a tenant’s stay on the property or get a tenant blackballed with bad renter reports.
Eviction is a stressful, lengthy and complicated process that should be avoided at all costs.
Above is a picture showing a notice of eviction. Explained below are some of the things one can do to prevent being evicted:
- Making timely rent payments. Missing rent payments is one of the most common causes of eviction. Some tenants fail to pay rent in time or fail to pay rent at all. This can force the landlord to start eviction procedures. Eviction is not the only solution to not paying rent, but repeated actions can prompt a landlord to evict.
- Talking to the landlord if one can’t make rent. Choosing where one wants to reside is vital as it involves decisions from how many people the rental unit can accommodate, how much one is paying, the terms of payment, the convenience to the workplace, among others. Failure to pay rent can be caused by being paid late at work, poor budgeting, and many other reasons. If a tenant cannot afford to pay the rent, he should contact the landlord and explain the reasons, what he is doing to come up with rent, and if he can pay a little to show a commitment to pay when able.
- Coming up with a budget. Payday makes people smile. Poor budgeting would mean another month of suffering and struggle before the next payday. Coming up with a budget can help cut unnecessary expenses. While making a budget, priorities should be assigned to each need, and those with the highest priority should be paid first.
Life sometimes gets messy and one may find himself being evicted. If a tenant is getting evicted, the following is the correct way to go through the process.
- Paying the full rent and any fines. Eviction comes with its cost also. Failure to settle and pay all back rent gives tenants a bad record. They can have difficulty when trying to rent elsewhere.
- Hiring an attorney. This is usually preferred if a landlord wants to evict someone wrongfully. An attorney is there to see to it that all legal actions are followed and a tenant is not harassed in the process. An attorney can also represent someone in court if they are afraid of the court or simply because attorneys know the laws and understand the whole process.
Eviction is not the end of it there’s always an option after eviction. The most important thing is to put house rent as a first priority in everything.