Know Your Rights As A Landlord Before You Go Through With An Eviction
Many landlords who have not yet gone through an eviction hearing hold the belief that if necessary, evicting a tenant is as simple as filing the paperwork at the district justice and attending the hearing. This is not true – there are many laws and procedures in place to protect a tenant’s rights through the eviction process. If proper eviction procedures are not followed, an eviction can and will be denied by the district justice. A denied eviction can cost you, the landlord, a lot of money.
Questions You Must Know The Legal Answer To Before Evicting A Tenant
- How much, if any, notice I should give a tenant before filing an eviction at the district justice?
- Do I have any obligations to my tenant that are not expressly written in the lease? If so, what are they?
- Can I change the locks on the rental unit if my tenant does not pay the rent?
- After I receive an eviction judgment in my favor, when and how can I force my tenant out if my tenant refuses to leave?
- The district justice not only evicted my tenant, but also gave me a money judgment. Now what?
- My tenant moved out and provided no forwarding address. Can I keep their security deposit?
Our lawyers can provide the legal knowledge you need for your residential landlord/tenant matters. Specifically, they can provide you with a consultation, as well as document review services and legal representation. Knowing your rights and obligations is an excellent way to maintain a good reputation as a landlord, and an excellent way to learn how to manage a tenant who refuses to abide by the terms and conditions of your lease.