End of the Lease Evictions

Author: Todd Christiansen | Category: Eviction

I love this old quote:   Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. -Albert Einstein.

I have been burned at least twice by this little trick that tenants play:

  • Tenant short pays you on the 2nd to last month of the lease or does not pay you on the last month of the lease.
  • You call them and either they do not return your calls or they claim they are going to pay you.
  • They never do.
  • The tenant moves out owing you at least last month’s rent.

Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. -Albert Einstein

Often the tenant will owe you more than just last month.  Plus unless the apartment is spotless, they may have some cleaning charges also.  Typically the tenant is using your rent to put money down as a deposit on their new apartment.

Although my new approach can backfire and cost you money (the eviction fees-if the tenant skips town), it will give you some leverage and/or at least satisfaction.  If the tenant has a history of late payments going into the last month of the lease or I have any reason to suspect the property will require significant cleaning/repairs, I will get the tenant eviction started on the first day the rent is late.  This gives me the opportunity to possibly jamb up their future plans at their new apartment (satisfaction).  Best case is they pay me what they owe me.

Either way, it is better than getting pushed around or lied to.

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