No landlord likes to think about evicting tenants. If an eviction is done improperly, it can be expensive and time consuming and risky to your investment property. In order to understand tenant eviction in Roseville, CA, you need to have a good understanding of the law and the legal process that’s in place for California landlords.
The best way to deal with evictions is by avoiding them. Make sure you have a great tenant screening process in place to ensure you’re getting tenants into your property that will pay rent on time. Non-payment of rent is the leading cause of evictions in California. If your tenants are not paying rent, you need to get them out of your property and replaced with tenants who will pay rent. Another way to avoid eviction is by implementing consistent rental collection policies. Tenants need to know when rent is due and if they don’t pay on that day, you should charge late fees and begin your process.
Three Day Notice
You cannot evict your tenants without providing them notice. The first notice you’ll serve on non-paying tenants is the Three Day Notice to Pay or Quit. Make sure that notice is accurate in the amount that is due and also includes the name, address and phone number of the person who needs to receive the rent. You also need to spell out how to pay the rent; providing the hours and place that payment can be made in person or giving a mailing address for payment to be sent. If tenants normally pay rent online, you can also provide the information for your financial institution so that a payment can be made electronically.
When rent isn’t received after the Three Day Notice is served and you decide to move forward with the eviction process, make sure you get help from a qualified and experienced attorney. You want someone who has successfully handled unlawful detainers because the laws are complicated, and it’s easy to make a mistake. Legal representation can ensure you get the court case right the first time around. If errors are made, the courts will throw out your case and you’ll need to start over. Attorney fees are not that high for eviction cases and if everything is done right, you can have the tenants out of your home within four to six weeks.
Tenants will still have the opportunity to catch up on rent and halt the eviction process. If you’d rather keep your tenants than evict them, you can instruct your attorney to accept payments right up until the court date.
Property managers can also be helpful during the eviction process. Your property manager can represent you in court and take care of all the details that would otherwise require your attention.
Contact Action Properties for any eviction help you may need.