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The Costs of Eviction

Costs of EvictionAs a landlord, you are well aware of the income that can be earned through renting out an apartment or home. While the additional cash flow from managing properties in San Diego is always welcome, there are also downsides to being a landlord; one of the most troublesome is handling evictions. When it comes to evicting a tenant, you will have to allocate your time to remedying the situation and could potentially lose a substantial amount of money if the problem isn’t handled promptly.

One of the most common problems requiring eviction, with single family home or apartment management, is when a tenant is behind on rent. Unfortunately, even if you are not receiving payments, legal processes still need to be followed to carry out an eviction. The first step in this process will be to file an eviction notice. The filing fee for an eviction notice varies depending on the amount that is due to the landlord, and can cost a landlord anywhere in the range of $50 to $400.

Once the eviction is filed, the local sheriff’s office must personally deliver a notice of eviction to each individual over the age of 18 living in the property. For each tenant, the landlord will be required to pay a fee. The fee per person typically ranges from $30 to $60, but varies throughout the San Diego County. Additional fees include fees for the sheriff’s department, the courier to file the complaint and default, as well as for processing the eviction should also be kept in mind and can quickly add up.

If you must go to court for eviction, other costs include those of an attorney. While the entire process from serving an eviction notice to going to court appears lengthy and time consuming, if a landlord uses unlawful methods to evict a tenant, they may be subject to liability for the tenant’s damages. In addition, penalties of up to $100 per day can be charged for the duration in which the landlord used the unlawful methods.
It is no surprise that one of the most important aspects of property management is tenant screening. It is important to thoroughly check the background, references and work income to help reduce the risks for eviction.

Have other questions about evictions? Contact Harland Property Management today and learn about our tenant screening process as well as our Eviction Guarantee Program.