Posted by Mark Ottinger on March 05, 1999 at 23:22:37:
I agree with Hank. If you can avoid an eviction do so. I just went through my first one about 3 weeks ago,by time I was finished it cost me somewhere around $500 and about 2.5 months.Keep this in mind when you say to yourself “There is no way in hell I am going to let this person out of their back rent”.If you do decide to evict please do yourself a big favor. On your first one HIRE AN ATTORNEY! My attorney costs were $200 and worth every penny.If your tenant has been evictided before or knows someone who has then they will have a big advantage over you. They will know the system and how it works.God forbid on your first one you show up in court without a lawyer and your tenant has one. An eviction is not about saving or making money it’s about cutting your losses. Start the proceedings NOW!
Don’t let feelings got in the way of a logical business decision. My guess is that your mortgage company doesn’t care how nice of a person your are or how much work you have put into your house. If you don’t pay that mortgage they will take your house. One final thought: remember if they can’t pay one month’s rent how are they possibility going to find the 3 or 4 months they now owe. Sorry if I rambled but I just went through exactly what you are going through now. I have learned from the many mistakes I have made in the past.