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Hiring a Lawyer VS. Evicting tenant myself by Tory on August 8, 2018 @12:54

                              
I'm looking for advice as to whether to hire an attorney to evict my tenant or to pursue it myself?

I have a tenant who is refusing to move out after failing to pay their rent. I have followed all the necessary legal steps to give her notice to pay or quit and have contacted an attorney who estimates it will cost me at least $1500 for the eviction up to and including a bench trial (Motions and discovery are charged separately). And unfortunately there is nothing in the rental lease that indicates the tenant will be responsible for my legal fees.

Given that the matter is fairly cut-and-dry Im not sure if its in my best (financial) interest to hire the attorney and have them take care of the matter for me, OR if I should pursue the eviction myself.

Id like to hear from anyone who has experience evicting someone whether with a lawyer or on their own. Any guidance you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Hiring a Lawyer VS. Evicting tenant myself by lpadave on August 8, 2018 @13:59 [ Reply ]
What state and city ?. On first instinct and advise I would say hire an attorney that specializes in LT AND WORKS ONLY FOR LL's.

In many cities that are tenant friendly, it can take you nine to twelve months go get the tenant actually out. YES,......THATS RIGHT. and my colleague LL's will confirm that kind of a war story.

You might want to find out where landlord tenant cases are heard and spend some time in that courtroom observing. Look for the LL attorneys showing up with a. Bunch of files in hand, appearing on a bunch of cases that same day,.......AS THE LL ATTORNEY. That's the guy or gal who's card you want to get. That's the attorney who will give you a more precise cost and time frame.

There is a trend emerging in even the most pro tenant jurisdictions of """"......if ya wanna stay,......ya gotta pay. Which will work in your favor. Why do you want the tenant out ? you need to be clear from the outset and stay the course on whether it's a matter of wanting a rent increase from the existing tenant,....or you want the, gone.
Re: Hiring a Lawyer VS. Evicting tenant myself by lpadave on August 8, 2018 @14:01 [ Reply ]
What state and city ?. On first instinct and advise I would say hire an attorney that specializes in LT AND WORKS ONLY FOR LL's.

In many cities that are tenant friendly, it can take you nine to twelve months go get the tenant actually out. YES,......THATS RIGHT. and my colleague LL's will confirm that kind of a war story.

You might want to find out where landlord tenant cases are heard and spend some time in that courtroom observing. Look for the LL attorneys showing up with a. Bunch of files in hand, appearing on a bunch of cases that same day,.......AS THE LL ATTORNEY. That's the guy or gal who's card you want to get. That's the attorney who will give you a more precise cost and time frame.

There is a trend emerging in even the most pro tenant jurisdictions of """"......if ya wanna stay,......ya gotta pay. Which will work in your favor. Why do you want the tenant out ? you need to be clear from the outset and stay the course on whether it's a matter of wanting a rent increase from the existing tenant,....or you want the, gone.
Re: Hiring a Lawyer VS. Evicting tenant myself by LAMAC66 on August 9, 2018 @08:39 [ Reply ]
Where I live its a straight forward process so I would do it myself if all that is involved is failure to pay rent or some major lease violation.

If have all my documentation and ducks lined up I would not hire an attorney because the cost is prohibited. So depends on where you live and how you have documented issues.

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