What Goes Into an Ethical Eviction?
Following the expiration of the CDC’s eviction moratorium, we’ve gotten a lot of questions around evictions and what constitutes an ethical and effective one. Here’s an overview of what you need to know about legal, compliant, and ethical evictions.
What Goes into an Ethical Eviction?
As real estate professionals, the root of what you do comes down to caring for your tenants and caring for your property. Sometimes, that goes hand in hand with the need for evictions — and doing so in an ethical, kind manner that protects both your property and your clients. Evictions also require a high level of compliance and have to be done in a way that aligns with all federal and state laws. They require a delicate balance of care and professionalism to be both effective and risk-free.
When do I need to consider an eviction?
An eviction is the next step to be taken after any retention or graceful exit options have been exhausted. Whether this is due to a tenant who is far behind on rent or one that continually violates their lease, evictions often become necessary as a last resort. As a landlord or property owner, you’ll want to complete any necessary evictions in a timely, respectful and compliant manner as evictions can be very costly and lengthy if not done right. However, if you have a tenant who has left you with no other options, eviction is a sensible next step.
How to evict a tenant
There are several steps that go into a legal, ethical eviction, and they vary from state to state. However, the typical eviction process starts with a notice to vacate and an eviction suit in court. As evictions are an immensely detailed and often complicated process that changes depending on state, we’d always recommend enlisting the help of a team like VRM Mortgage Services to make sure that it’s done the right way. If you evict a tenant forcibly or otherwise out of compliance, you’ll likely face legal recourse and repercussions from the tenant — which is something that neither of you want.
Starting the ethical eviction process
There are a myriad of federal and state laws that protect your tenant, and there are also a number of statutes that come into play when talking about tenant rights. The eviction process in itself carries a bit of risk if not done correctly, and proceeding with a compliant, ethical eviction is your best bet to avoiding legal pushback and negative tenant experiences.
At VRM Mortgage Services, we provide an array of eviction services that are in full compliance with all laws as well as ethical to the tenant. We utilize a national attorney network, and our team understands the complexities of all laws surrounding eviction for tenants and property owners. Our team stays compliant with all federal, state and local laws, including the Service Members Civil Relief Act (SCRA), Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure ACT (PTFA), and other statutes.
We understand an eviction comes with significant risk to our clients if mishandled. An occupant or their personal items being forcibly removed in a non-compliant manner can cause financial and reputational loss. That’s why VRM goes the extra mile to support our clients using state specific eviction templates and processes to mitigate risks throughout an eviction.