How To Tell If You Have An Eviction Record

Renters sign a lease in order to establish the terms and conditions for using the apartment or house of a landlord. This lease creates the rules that must be followed along with how the renter can be removed from the property. Here is how to tell if you have an eviction record.

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Eviction is the formal legal court process for removing a tenant from a property. The steps are established by law and must be adhered to. At first, the landlord must contact the renter stating that he or she is in financial or non-financial violation of the lease – too many occupants, noise, unsanitary conditions, property damage or being late in paying rent. The lease is the enforceable contract.

The tenant has a certain period of time to correct these violations. It the time period is reached and the tenant did not correct the lease violations, then the landlord can got to court and file an unlawful detainer or eviction suit. The judge can issue a court order of eviction; a record will stay at the courthouse.

The eviction notice will be served personally or mailed to the offending party. The tenant will have a certain number of days to vacate the premises with the belongings. At the end of the time period, the landlord has the lawful right to enter the apartment. Property left in the apartment might be placed on the lawn for the ex-tenant to pick up. The police can be called to enforce the eviction, if necessary.

Property owners have services that collect data to determine the “rentworthiness” of an applicant. It is similar to the “creditworthiness” of the credit report. The evicting landlord, his attorney or third-party reporting agency might report the eviction to the credit bureau, especially if the ex-tenant owes money.

Renting after Eviction Can Be Difficult

Landlords might run a background check on new applicants where an eviction may show up. If you owed money, collections and legal fees may be added on top.

Potential landlords will doubt your character and your determination to fulfill your duties as a renter if you were evicted. In order to reclaim your good name, you should rectify the problems with the previous landlord. A good faith offer of paying a higher deposit or two months rent upfront could also help you with a new landlord.

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