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How to Find a Good Eviction Attorney

By John Nuzzolese

A plumber needs wrenches to do plumbing properly. A carpenter needs a hammer to be able to drive nails properly. Can you imagine a roofer banging in the nails in your new roof with a monkey wrench or a pipe instead of a hammer? How ridiculous! With that in mind, do you know how many landlords get legal advice on landlord tenant matters from unqualified family members and aquaintances? Some landlords even ask their other tenants for advice. The sad fact is most landlords DO NOT even have an eviction attorney to turn to when tenant problems arise. They'd rather ask their friends, neighbors, and auto mechanics for advice. Most are too afraid to employ a lawyer because of the expense. The courts are full of novice landlords having their cases thrown out in favor of the tenant because of some minor mistake in the paperwork, all because they were trying to save the attorneys fee. Well, I have news for those landlords: Bad tenants who don't pay rent can be more expensive than paying an attorney to do an eviction.

A real estate attorney experienced in landlord tenant law is an essential element of your landlord tool-kit if you want to be successful as a real estate investor / landlord.

If you are searching for a good landlord attorney, there are a few ways to narrow down your search.

If you are going to interview eviction attorneys, I suggest you ask a few key questions.

  1. Are evictions your specialty?

  2. How many do you usually do a month?

  3. How long does the average eviction take from beginning to end?

  4. How fast can we have these tenants in court?

An "on the ball" eviction attorney will have the answers to these questions on the spot. Pay attention to # 4- because that should be an easy one to answer if the attorney is familiar with the Landlord Tenant Court schedule.

I can't stress enough how important it is to develop a relationship with a good landlord attorney. It will be an empowering and liberating feeling to know you are prepared to do what must be done in order to run an efficient landlording business.

About the author:
As a Real Estate broker / investor in New York, John Nuzzolese has been involved with rentals and investment property since 1979. Besides owning and operating two real estate businesses, he is president and founder of The Landlord Protection Agency, Inc. , an organization specializing in helping landlords and property managers avoid the hurdles and pitfalls and expensive blunders common when dealing with tenants.

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