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How long does it take to Evict a Holdover Tenant?
Many new/ first-time real estate investors/ landlords have the same question. How long does it take to Evict a Holdover Tenant?
Oftentimes, new landlords don’t even remember to ask themselves this question before entering into a lease with a tenant; the excitement over the new rental income and, if you are an investor, the rush of finally getting your first investment property just doesn’t leave much room to think about the mishaps that may occur down the road. This question doesn’t typically come up until after you have already run into trouble with a tenant.
But for the short answer, the time it takes to go through the eviction process and evict a holdover tenant is heavily dependent on your state and sometimes, it differs across each county in that particular state.
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How do I legally Evict a Holdover Tenant?
If it is that you have run into some unforeseen issues with your tenant because the lease has ended and they either:
- Want to renew the lease but you don’t
- Won’t agree to the new lease that you have put forward
or any other reasons that are specific to your situation, The Residential Buyer can advise you as to the best course of action to ensure that you are following the fair and legal eviction process.
For a more detailed explanation of how the eviction process works read The Eviction Process.
Just remember, the steps to follow are generally the same, but the time periods will differ depending on the state.
What should I not do when going through the Eviction Process?
If you are planning on selling, just sell to us and we'll handle the eviction ourselves.
Did you know that even with squatter’s have rights? This means that even if you are removing squatters from your property, there is still a legal process that you need to follow to get this done; and this process is not much different from the process you have to go through to evict a holdover tenant.
During any eviction process you should never:
- Turn off the utilities
- Collect any rent or create a new lease
- Enter the rental property (without notice)
- Do anything that will make the occupant uncomfortable
- Make repairs or modifications to the property
- Remove and/ or sell any of the occupants belongings or any other item from the property
You must always remember the terms of your lease, and while the lease may have expired, it is best to operate under the terms of that lease and be even more cautious. Doing any of these things will negatively affect the outcome of the eviction, we don’t want you to be guilty of a wrongful eviction.
You don’t even have to worry about, ‘what if the tenant doesn’t leave after the court rules in my favor?’ If that should happen, the courts would issue a writ of possession that would authorize the sheriff to forcefully remove the tenant from the property (though we do hope, it doesn’t have to come to that).
Can The Residential Buyer help with the Eviction Process?
Well, there are no if’s or but’s or maybe’s, it’s most definitely. The Residential Buyer can save you the trouble of the eviction process, if you sell to us.
If you were already planning on selling your property, feel free to spare yourself the gruesome, draining eviction process. Sell to us and not only escape the eviction process but get the best value for your home. We’ll complete the eviction after the sale is final. Just go ahead and reach out to us, we’d be more than happy to help.[activecampaign form=3]