Not only do you have to find your ex-tenants to serve them, many small law-abiding landlords have never even visited their regional court house before and find the whole idea of ‘suing’ a former tenant to be time-consuming and downright scary.‘s fight for landlord networking, education for landlords, and a demand for transparency and demystification of the various processes, landlords can learn the system and then use the system to get justice.Just had my Settlement conference with an ex-tenant.
The tenant will have a certain number of days to respond to this notice before you will be able to file an actual lawsuit.It’s perfectly acceptable to let loose what you really feel as long as you don’t make threats or use the worst foul language.I made it very clear that I wasn’t happy with what happened.Ex-tenant broke the lease and left a mess and his ‘repairs’ where not up to my standards.What personally irked me is leaving a refrigerator full of old pizza, old container full of food and lots of sauce all over it. These things are just rude because he and his sons could have easily at least put in an effort.‘ at the Landlord and Tenant Board, the judge isn’t there to push you to “give the poor tenant a break” or create “a payment plan” (that often ends up as a non-payment plan) and you are allowed to speak candidly without being accused of “harassing your victim”.We’ve become such easy and profitable targets that specialised ‘tenancy deposit claim management’ divisions are popping up all over the place, to assist in the management of dragging and encouraging dormant tenants to claim their unclaimed fortunes. Every landlord should unequivocally comply with their legal obligations, even the policies that are more ghastly than the boils on your mum’s sloppy face.And while so many try to use ‘ignorance of the law’ as a defence (from my experience, that’s the most common excuse), legitimately or otherwise, it’s still (and always will be) pointless to even mutter the words.Proper documentation and preparation can go a long way in strengthening your case.Part of being a responsible landlord is knowing the landlord-tenant laws in your state.Learn the pros and cons of going to court, as well as twelve reasons you can sue your tenant. You could send a demand letter to the tenant in the hopes that it will be enough to get them to pay what they owe.This letter may be intimidating enough to avoid a court battle.