How Much Does Tenant Eviction Cost?

Tenant eviction is the legal process where a landlord removes a tenant from a rented property.  The law applies here if a tenant who has violated their lease agreement by not paying on time or doesn’t pay at all.

Tenant eviction is filed in a local court of law, and with any court filing, there will be fees that need to be paid.  The price depends on the geographical location and if any legal help is brought into play.

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The eviction process

Most eviction processes, no matter where you live in the United States, will often look like this:

  1. You will first have to offer written notice to remedy the situation, including either pay or vacate.  Notices will vary by state.
  2. If the tenant fails to acknowledge your notice, then the next step is to terminate the lease.
  3. Once the lease is terminated, you will need to file an “unlawful detainer” action with the local courts.
  4. Serve the tenant with a summons with notice to appear in court if your local courts don’t do this for you.
  5. Attend the next hearing, and if you have your ducks in a row, then you should win an eviction with a financial judgment.
  6. After the hearing, you will need a “writ of possession,” which is a court order allowing you to hire the local sheriff to help remove the tenant.
  7. Wait for the sheriff to set the appointment and show up at the property that day to help remove the tenant.
  8. If the tenant is there, the sheriff will remove them and the belonging, depending on local state laws, will have to be removed by you.
  9. Change the locks and the property should be yours.

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