what not to do when buying a home

The first home that I bought with my husband was a very difficult learning experience. We purchased the house as-is and worked directly with the owners instead of using a real estate agent. About a year later, we learned why the former owner sold the house for so much under market price and why they didn't want to use a real estate agent to sell it. Our blog outlines the many mistakes that can be made if you purchase a home without a real estate agent or attorney working with you. Hopefully, our mistakes will help you learn what not to do.

What Renters Need To Know About Eviction

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Eviction is the process of removing tenants from a rental property who haven't been paying their rent or have otherwise breached the rental agreement. Contrary to what many tenants may think, eviction doesn't happen overnight. Depending on the state and municipality, you have to miss several rent payments before you find yourself out on the street. Everyone has money troubles occasionally. That's why it's important to know as much as possible about eviction law and the process as a renter so you can work with your landlord and avoid being without a place to live. Here are some important facts about eviction:

1. Not paying the rent is only one reason you may face eviction. Violating the terms of your lease in any way is also grounds for forcing you out. With some things like having a pet in the rental when you aren't allowed or getting behind on your rent, you'll generally be allowed to correct the situation and stop the eviction process. But with others, such as using the property for illegal purposes, there is no alternative to eviction.

2. You won't just be forced out without notice. The landlord can't just go from the courtroom to your apartment and put your things on the curb. He or she must hire a law enforcement officer, usually someone from the sheriff's office, to escort you off of the property. They are also required to give you several days notice before returning to enforce the eviction.

3. Landlords can't harass tenants to get them to leave. Landlords are prohibited in all states from harassing their tenants in an effort to get them to vacate the rental property. This includes things like having the utilities turned off, not keeping up on lawn maintenance and/or changing the locks.

4. There is a waiting period before giving an eviction notice and further court action. In most jurisdictions, landlords are required to wait several days from the time they give the tenant notice that they will be seeking an eviction before they are able to file an eviction lawsuit. This is designed to give tenants and landlords time to work out their differences and/or for the tenant to make plans to move out.

Eviction is the legal process for landlords to reclaim their rental property when their tenant has not lived up to the terms of the lease. However, this process takes time and requires that the landlord give the tenant time to make the situation right except in the most serious violations.

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20 July 2015