Evictions are something that no landlord likes to think about but the reality of owning a rental property is that at some point in the future you may have one tenant that you have to evict.
The good news is that you can protect yourself during the eviction process by following these tips:
Tip #1 – Stay Away from Non-Essential Communication with Your Tenant
Non-essential communication may happen during the eviction process because your tenant is going to be upset about being evicted and may blame you. It’s best to avoid any communication that isn’t essential to the eviction because the last thing that you want to do is get emerged in a pointless conversation with your tenant.
Tip #2 – Avoid Communicating with Your Tenant in Person
Once the eviction process begins it’s best to avoid communicating with your tenant in person at all costs.
Instead of personal communication, always opt for written communication because this will keep correspondence civil and also guarantee that there will be a written record of the conversations.
Tip #3 – Don’t Get Emotional
Emotions will be running high during the eviction so it’s best to not let yourself become emotional because eviction is just another aspect of the business of owning a rental property.
Even though your tenant may be emotional about being evicted, it’s best to go back to the facts, especially if they broke your lease, so you can reinforce why you are evicting them and do your best to keep emotion out of the conversation.
Tip #4 – Always Be Respectful with Your Tenant
Even though an eviction can be a tough situation for both the landlord and the tenant, it’s best to always be respectful when speaking with your tenant and do your best to avoid conversations with them that could lead to cursing or yelling.
By setting the “tone” with your tenant you’re going to show that you’re a bigger person than they thought you were and you will also avoid letting yourself get dragged into potentially negative conversations.
Tip #5 – Don’t Be There When Your Tenant Moves Out
The last and most important tip that we have for you is to not be there when your tenant moves out.
This is important because since you’re the one evicting your tenant you’re going to be seen as the “bad guy”. You don’t want to be there when they are moving out unless you really have to be since your safety and security are important.
Contact Rent Portland Homes
To learn more tips for the eviction process, or to speak with us about our property management services, contact Rent Portland Homes today by calling us at (503) 515-3170 or click here to connect with us online.