Re: Need Tenant Eviction Advice - Posted by Rose Leopaldi(CA)
Posted by Rose Leopaldi(CA) on March 09, 1999 at 13:22:48:
When I needed to kick out tenants, I surfed the Net (nothing), I called the city (duh!), I called an eviction service and they told me the sequence of things to do (without asking for any money for the info), and I went to the bookstore and bought 2 books on California Landlord Rights (Vol 2 was entire on evictions), AND I bought California Tenants Rights so I would know in advance what tricks they were gonna pull.
I also watched one of those court shows for the first time in my life just to get an idea. Then I went to a Small Claims Court session in my area as a “dry run” (tenants left on 3 day Pay or Quit but sued me for their deposit back).
These steps worked well for me. Hope I gave you some ideas. By comparing the eviction services advice with the books I was able to understand the process and execute it successfully. Make sure you get state/city specific info for your area.
DO NOT ask just anyone (your neighbor, your family) for advice. Think like a strict lawyer.
In CA there were 3 choices to serve someone notices. I used 2 instead of only 1, just to ensure CYA. And remember to keep a neat paper trail to present to a judge, if need be. Document every bit of action. In court the extenants had 30 pages of scraggly paper (notes and “witness” statements handwritten on spiral paper with the jagged edges) and their copy of the lease with food stains on it.
I presented the judge with 6 neat sheets of paper; the lease, a receipt for process service, copy of request for payment I gave to tenants, list of costs, etc.
It was funny. I was so prepared and the tenants and their “witnesses” (to what?) acted just like those loudmouth ignorant rude people on TV. Of course the judge didn’t like that, he got mad at them and almost yelled at them! I loved it, won my case and hightailed it out of there.
Hope this gets you going. I’m interested to see what the more experienced deadbeat-eliminators have to say.