Posted by Sean on October 24, 2005 at 10:13:32:
I’m with ya Jimmy… the folks talking about diplomacy lessening drama clearly operate in a different market than I do. All extended diplomacy does is make the final forced seperation all that more of a powder keg in my experience.
Since implimenting a no quarter policy, the drama in my portfolio has reduced exponentially. Tenants are better off squatting than leaving and know it. The longer you give them before you file the paperwork the more time they get to live free… So they will happily sign your paper agreeing to be out by Friday… only to still be there with no intent of leaving and putting you off until monday when you can file your eviction.
They usually too are better off staying than accepting being bought out… since they can squat for 30 or 45 days saving two months of rent (the defaulted month, plus at least part of the next one) before having to spend any money on living… so why setting for a payout to get out?
The diplomacy stuff probably works well with higher parts of the socioeconomic strata, where you are talking about a professional who may indeed temporarily have a setback… but that isn’t life for most of the lower tiers.