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Landlord Tips – What Should You Do If Your Tenant Goes to Jail?

George Trombley - Thursday, February 22, 2018


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By Blackbird Realty

LAS VEGAS, NV. – As a landlord, one of the most time consuming and difficult tasks you may be faced with in the future is finding out that your tenant has gone to jail.

Sadly, anyone can go to jail for a variety of reasons these days and the key to success is dealing with this problem professionally by following these steps.

Step 1 – Verify Their Status First

Before taking the word of your other tenants, or neighbors in the area, you must verify the status of the tenant who lives in your rental property to find out if they really are in jail, and how long they are going to be there.

To verify where your tenant is we recommend that you call their family members or employer first. This is the best way to find out their current status.

Step 2 – Will They Be Able to Continue Paying Rent?

Obviously, your goal as an owner is to keep getting paid rent each month and if your tenant is in jail they won’t be able to continue meeting their financial obligation to you.

Before thinking about eviction, it’s best to confirm if your tenant will be able to continue paying rent or if they will have to let the rental go due to the length of time they will be spending in jail.

Step 3 – Time for Eviction

If your tenant is going to be in jail for a prolonged length of time you may want to move forward with the eviction process as quickly as possible.

Depending on when they started their jail sentence, and how long they will be there, you may be able to evict them because they technically abandoned the rental property.

For more information regarding what to do if your tenant is in jail, it’s best to consult with your attorney because you want to make sure that you do everything legally.

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