So you have a bad tenant… 5

What you need to know about dealing with bad tenants.

Problem Tenants – What are you going to do?

Western New York has a variety of duplex, triplex and Quad homes available to investors. With that brings the need for tenants and the potential for the need to evict a bad tenant. Eviction reasons, processes, periods, and participants vary from state to state. Below is a general overview of evicting a tenant. It is best to consult with an attorney in the event you are looking to evict a tenant.

Read Also: Tenant Screening in Western New York

Reasons to Evict a Tenant:

  • Nonpayment of rent
  • Violation of the rental agreement
  • If the lease period has expired, most states don’t require a reason to evict but they do require proper notification.

Tenant Eviction Basics:

  • The landlord must first serve a notice to correct the problem. The notice gives the tenant a specified number of days to pay the rent or comply with the rental agreement.
  • If the tenant has not fixed the problem within the specified time, the landlord can begin litigation by filing an action in court.
  • If the tenant does not file an answer with the court, the sheriff can post an eviction notice on the door. The sheriff can then remove the tenant if they do not respond to the eviction notice.

It is easy to end up on the losing side of an eviction if you don’t meticulously adhere to the rules. Property managers can help walk you through the process. They should be familiar with the laws in your area and know when to involve an attorney.

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Colleen Kulikowski is an Associate Real Estate Broker with J. Philip Real Estate specializing in Western New York residential homes who doesn’t follow trends; she blazes new trails and is able to recognize industry trends and implement them to her client’s best interest. Colleen has created a unique following with one of the top local internet positions in the country generating thousands of leads for her team. Real Estate is a second career for Kulikowski who’s first career was in Information Technology and Data Warehousing working for such companies as Radio City Music Hall, Nabisco Foods and as a consultant in the Financial and Insurance industries. A strong background in technology and management provides her with keen analytical and sharp negotiating skills.

5 thoughts on “So you have a bad tenant…

  • shaun

    Buffalo NY Property Management. Just wanted to say great site and information. I should know because I am not only a landlord but I also own a property management company which offers property management solutions to rental owners. Sites like these are very useful for myself and my clients.

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