How To Evict Your First Tenant
Hey guys, so we're going to tell a funny story today. It's one that probably scares a lot of new landlords, but truthfully it's not that scary and it ours ended up being hilarious everyone. We tell the store to laugh. So we're going to talk about our first eviction. Okay, learning laughs like and how horribly it went. It was just couldn't have gone worse. I don't
I'm sure it probably could have oh, I'm just glad I didn't so when we bought our quad we inherited one of the tenants there. I'm not going to give her name. I walk up to introduce myself after we close and she informs me that she had not paid rent in a month and had no plans to in the coming.
Because she was out of a job and she had just gotten hurt and from the second we met her. She said hi, my name is and this is why I can't pay rent. It was instant excuses, you know the whole it was hilarious being the, you know, do it ourselves that we thought we were I we thought why not just try and get this eviction done ourselves. So we Google how to evict and I actually call
My friends who's a property manager in Murfreesboro sounded simple now just go to the courthouse and file the eviction. So I did I went down there and the lady at the desk told me that I needed to give 30 day notice. So I said, okay, I'll give her a 30-day notice.
And I went and I gave her a 30-day notice first. You you gave her like a 14-day notice. That's right. That's right. I gave her a 14-day notice this time at the property manager from Murfreesboro said you could affect them in two weeks. Just give them a 14-day notice. That's right. Yeah, so I gave her a 14-day notice. Yeah, and then he went to the courthouse and they said I needed a 30-day notice. So now we are you know.
44 days until she has to leave. I think we ended up did we do 30 days on top of the 14 or did we do yeah, we were required to do 30 days on top of the 14 we were trying to do it ourselves. We were stuck with a tenant for four months 44 days who was not paying rent. Well, and and so then you also called the lawyer because we were like well, I feel like we could get her.
Out sooner so he called the lawyer and the lawyer is like well, yeah we can we can do this this and this how many days could he have gotten her out three days. There was a three day turnaround if I had just gone to the lawyer first. Yeah, and it would have cost me 200 dollars give or take but he he could have gotten her out in three days. So we weren't able to do anything because we had already given her the notice and then the other notice.
Earth BL now of say giving her legal right to the place now 30 extra days. So so if you have to do an eviction contact a real estate attorney, or if you already have one contact them and ask them to have them do it and it's so much easier to do it. Yes. I think the worst part of the whole process was the the what she did she definitely
Lee calls them the walls and flush things down the toilet that should not have been there for a really funny video check out our Instagram account and you can see the plumbing accident the plumbing issues that we had because of this tenant mind. You wouldn't have had that had we gotten her out in three days. Probably she had 40 days to Stew on the fact that she didn't know she had no place to go so, you know,
Data for him, but she wasn't playing by the rules. So so anyway, we learned our lesson next time if we have to do another eviction. Hopefully we don't ever have to do another one but it's inevitable in the real estate world, right? And if we ever have to do another one, we're going to call our lawyer up and have him deal with it. Let's just talk about some of the things we're doing to make sure we don't have to evict in the future and we're trying to vet our tenants.
Pretty well, we actually use a service called neighborly. It's included for free through the Telus app, which is who does our software our are the software we use for our property management. They provide free tenant screening the check all the things in the background. Really what I'm looking for is past evictions any type of property damage insane amounts of debt.
That would just take away from their ability to pay rent are actually making money and enough money like over 2 times what the rent is but we also look at their past rental history not just for evictions. But how long have they been staying there? Do they apartment hop? So if they've been in one place for five years then absolutely come, you know, but if if they are alike.
Ain't one year this apartment the next year the next year the next year. It's kind of like oh, you know, we're we won't be guaranteed that they're going to stay with us long term expect the same and you're also not going to be guaranteed that they'll take care of the property as well. Right? So I think screening is the biggest thing, you know will work with people on the credit score, you know for the most part. It's just big red flag. So we
Watch out for and and we like to meet them, you know, when we which you do and you show the property you meet them and you see how their demeanor is now. And anybody that is going to be living in the premises. You need to be having them fill out the application as well. Yes, absolutely. So it's really it's not that scary. You know, don't don't let it hold you.
React there's nothing. You can't figure out even if you don't know the answer go ask somebody. Yeah, even in eviction on your very first run. Don't worry about it. Not a big deal. So we thought that story was pretty funny and very relatable. Thank you guys for watching. We are Bugay Investment Group.
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