Monday, June 24, 2019

My Tenant Won't Leave, What Can I Do?

There are a few things you can do to get your tenant out of your rental property.   Assuming you have followed the advice of my previous blog, and filed the eviction now what?

Recently I had a tenant who threatened me (verbally) with gun violence.   Michael was his name, and he said something like "just try to come back to your house, we'll be waiting for you and we may have guns.". 


Dang.  What now?    I thought about going in there anyway - but really my life is worth more than whatever that house is worth.  I thought about buying a bulletproof vest, but what in the world?  I'm not law enforcement.    I thought about boarding up the house and securing the property, but that wouldn't solve my problem and ultimately I wanted to get the thing re-rented or sold.    I knew if I just changed the locks, they would damage the property getting inside.   That wouldn't solve my problem either. 

Thankfully I was able to find out what he needed.  I spoke to him like a human being and determined what his needs were.   They just needed time to move out some of their things.  Unfortunately, as is usually the case, they left a whole bunch of personal property including a piano.  So I get to move the things they don't want.  Great.   That's just part of the business. 

My advice is talk to them.  Find out what they need.  It was obvious they had moved out, but had some of their items there still with which they wanted to retrieve.   Just think, he was going to shoot me over some stuff, worth less than $1000.    What would you do?

Thank you, next. 

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