Eviction of a tenant is stressful
Over the last 15 years, I have had to do my share of evictions, and it can definitely be stressful. Not being familiar with the process is what causes most owners stress, and some people get nervous going into the court and filing the proper paperwork. Obviously, there’s a lot of legal challenges that can come up when you evict a tenant. Most importantly, there are a lot of tenant rights to consider and you want to be sure to follow the laws and regulations of the Texas Property Code.
Picking a good tenant can help you avoid dealing with an eviction situation
Try to find a tenant that you don’t have to evict. How do you do that? Make sure you have solid, strict procedures and qualifications when choosing a tenant. We have a 20 Point Tenant Selection Process as well as a screening process for pets. When you pick the right tenant, chances are a lot of things will go right. Empire Industries takes pride in our 1% eviction rate. We keep evictions to a minimum by being very strict and selective on who we choose as a tenant.
Have clear deadlines for rent in your lease agreement
What does your lease agreement say about when the rent is due? Whatever you put in that lease agreement, make sure you adhere to it. Never ever deviate from your lease agreement.
Always send a notice of eviction through three forms of transmission
Send the eviction via regular mail, certified, and via email. If after 72 hours (or 3 days) the problem remain unresolved, you can proceed and go to court to file the Forcible Detainer. Forcible Detainer is what starts the legal process to evict a tenant. It’s very important that you do not take any money at this point, or you will no longer be evicting the tenant for the full amount.
The judge will give the tenant a specific number of days to vacate the property.
If they don’t vacate at that time, you can return to court and file the writ of possession. The writ of possession will allow the constable to go to the property and physically remove the tenant from the property.
Don’t want to go through the eviction process on your own? Give us a call, and we’d be happy to help you out.