While you can hope never to have a reason to evict your tenants, you must be prepared to carry out the eviction process if necessary. An eviction is a time-consuming, expensive, and potentially risky process. There are numerous laws and regulations to follow to make sure you avoid hefty legal fines. At Real Property Management SAC-METRO, we use an in-house legal team to assist with evictions. Our professionals work quickly and efficiently through the legal process, so you see limited impact on your cash flow.
Steps to Avoid an Eviction
Our rent collection process is designed to help landlords avoid evictions. Compared to other property management companies, Sacramento landlords partner with Real Property Management SAC-METRO because our process is proven to help homeowners create a successful and profitable rental investment business.
Our rent collection process begins with a thorough screening of every applicant over the age of 18. We verify income, employment, credit, rental history, and criminal background. The goal is to find reliable tenants that have a record of meeting their financial obligations. Placing qualified tenants in your rental reduces the risk of eviction and gives you the best chance at receiving a rent payment on time and in full.
After selecting your tenants, we create a clear and concise lease contract that outlines tenant versus landlord duties. It is crucial to communicate your expectations upfront. This way all parties involved know their responsibilities and can plan accordingly without surprises. We also make sure tenants understand what happens if rent is not paid. As a professional Sacramento property management company, we use an automated collections process that works to resolve the matter as quickly as the law allows.
Furthermore, we make paying rent a simple task. All tenants have access to a personal online portal that allows them to pay rent through our website. Our technology-driven payment process gives tenants the opportunity to pay rent at any time of the day, whenever convenient for them.
When Can a Landlord Begin the Eviction Process?
According to the California Courts website:
“In California, a landlord may be able to evict a tenant if the tenant:
- Fails to pay rent on time;
- Breaks the lease or rental agreement and will not fix the problem (like keeping your cat when pets are not allowed);
- Damages the property bringing down the value (commits “waste”);
- Becomes a serious nuisance by disturbing other tenants and neighbors even after being asked to stop; or
- Uses the property to do something illegal.
In most cities, the landlord can also evict the tenant:
- If the tenant stays after the lease is up,* or
- If the landlord cancels the rental agreement by giving proper notice.*
*If your city has rental control, these 2 reasons may not be good enough to evict a tenant. Contact your local city or county government office to find out if you live in a rent-controlled area.
A landlord cannot evict a tenant for an illegal reason like discrimination or to get back at the tenant for taking action against the landlord, like filing a complaint because the property’s heating system is broken.”
An Unlawful Detainer Lawsuit
The website of the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) states:
“If the tenant doesn’t voluntarily move out after the landlord has properly given the required notice to the tenant, the landlord can evict the tenant. To evict the tenant, the landlord must file an unlawful detainer lawsuit in superior court … The court-administered eviction process assures the tenant of the right to a court hearing if the tenant believes that the landlord has no right to evict the tenant. The landlord must use this court process to evict the tenant; the landlord cannot use self-help measures to force the tenant to move. For example, the landlord cannot physically remove or lock out the tenant, cut off utilities such as water or electricity, remove outside windows or doors, or seize (take) the tenant’s belongings in order to carry out the eviction. The landlord must use the court procedures.”
Our Eviction Protection Program
Every Sacramento property management company operates differently. With other property management companies, Sacramento landlords might not get the support they need through the eviction process. At Real Property Management SAC-METRO, we offer a comprehensive Eviction Protection Program. For a low monthly fee per property, we will pay the filing, legal fees, and court costs in connection with an unlawful detainer action. We have the experience and resources needed to get you through the eviction process while following all federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
Comparing Property Management Companies? Sacramento Landlords Trust RPM
With more than 30 years of experience, Real Property Management SAC-METRO offers a hassle-free leasing cycle proven to help landlords be profitable. Our experts understand the rental industry and know what is required to make you successful. We work hard to safeguard your rental property, plus legally protect you as a homeowner. Call today and learn why compared to other property management companies, Sacramento landlords trust the experienced team at Real Property Management SAC-METRO.