Evicting a tenant is not something that most landlords look forward to doing. However, if your tenants are not paying rent or they’ve violated the terms of their lease or damaged the home, you want to get them out of your property as soon as possible. Today, we’re giving you an overview of the eviction process in Pompano Beach.
Filing a Three Day Notice
The first step in the eviction process is to file a Three Day Notice to Pay or Quit. This gives the tenant official notice that they need to catch up with their rent payments or vacate the property. This notice is extremely important, and it has to be perfectly correct. Make sure the amount that’s owed only reflects the rent money. It should be dated and signed, and then properly served to your tenants. Courts tend to be tenant-friendly when it comes to evictions in Florida, and you don’t want to give them a reason to dismiss the eviction case. If you aren’t sure of the Three Day Notice terminology, contact an eviction attorney or a property manager for help.
Filing the Eviction Paperwork
The tenant has three business days to comply with the notice. You should never count the day that the notice was delivered, and you also cannot count holidays or weekends. After three full business days, if the tenant has not paid or contacted you, file the eviction paperwork in your local court. You’ll get a hearing date. The timing depends on how fast your court can work and whether there’s a large backlog of cases.
Obtaining Possession of the Property
If you’re prepared for court and can successfully demonstrate that the tenant has not paid rent or has violated the lease, you’ll get a judgment in your favor. After that, the case is sent to the sheriff, who will physically evict your tenants if they haven’t moved out already. At that point, you can change the locks, get your property back, and begin preparing it for a new tenant.