How to Know Why and When to Evict a Utah Tenant?

One reason why rental properties are in such high demand is because having a place to live is a necessity. Since it can be very expensive to buy a house or a condominium quickly, people tend to rent instead.  Property management companies keep very busy as people are always looking for places to rent.   Interested renters contact the property management company and it is the company’s job to screen for suitable tenants to fill those properties.  The property management company should conduct a series of interviews and perform a credit history check to ensure that the tenants are financially capable of the monthly rent.

However, in spite of a stringent background check, some circumstances can’t be avoided. Tenants sometimes just don’t work out in the long run due to financial issues.  A tenant might losetheir job, have a  family emergency,  suffer from a serious illness or long term medical issue,  or simply becomes irresponsible with their finances. These issues can become a real nuisance for the company in charge of the rental properties.

But regardless of the situation, business is business.  Property Management needs to consider laws, rules, and regulations before evicting a tenant. How to Know Why and When to Evict a Utah Tenant? Here are just a few reasons you should consider when evicting a tenant.

• Failure to pay the rent on time.

• Possession of a health or safety risk to the property and to the neighboring properties.

• Violation of  the rental terms and agreement.

Property owners can choose to be lenient when it comes to the terms of the rental agreement if a renter is unable to pay the rent for a month or two. Late fees  and additional charges are usually applied while the tenant is in default. However, property owners do have the right to conduct legal action to evict the tenant if the terms of the rental agreement have been broken.

Keep in mind, it is the property owners’ responsibility to ensure the safety of his/her tenants who reside within the rental properties. So if a tenant shows violent/aggressive behavior or poses a probable threat to other tenants, property owners have the right to evict the tenant.

While there are many more situations where evicting a tenant is reasonable, there are other steps that a property owner needs to follow before doing so.

Based from the article How Evictions Work: What Renters Need to Know 2013,property owners cannot evict a tenant without ending the tenancy first. This basically means that property owners must send appropriate written notice stating the grounds of eviction to the tenants. The rules for eviction  vary from state to state, so the property manager must check with their state and local governments first and determine the appropriate steps on how to serve eviction notices to tenants.  Be sure that proper documentation that the eviction notice was received and acknowledged by the tenant so that you have proof just in case the tenant decides to file a discrimination case against you.

Assuming that court granted your petition to evict a tenant, you still need to respect the right of the tenant. You cannot just move the tenant’s belongings outside of the property. You need to follow the eviction terms  that gives tenants a particular period to collect their possessions and evacuate their rental units.  However, if the tenants refuse to leave the property even after receiving the eviction notice, the owner can request the assistance of the sheriff or a police officer to help evict the tenant.