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February 10, 2022

5 Common Eviction Mistakes Property Managers Make

Evictions are something that every property manager dreads having to do. They often involve problem tenants and issues that hurt the bottom line. Many property managers want to get the eviction process done as fast as possible so they can start to rent out the unit to someone else, however trushing through an eviction is a great way to run into more issues.


In this blog we will be going over common eviction related mistakes that property managers make before, during and after the eviction notice has been sent out. After reading this blog you should have a grasp on the eviction mistakes property managers make so you can avoid them the next time you need to evict a tenant.

Not Having A Lease In Writing


Sometimes when property managers are just starting out or renting out a property to a friend, they opt for a “handshake” deal. Although this may seem like a sign of good faith, it opens you up to a laundry list of vulnerabilities that could bite you later if an eviction is necessary.


By having a handshake deal, you give the tenant the opportunity to basically say anything they want about the terms of the lease. Without any paperwork to back you up, it is just your word against the tenant’s, which gives you very little power as the property manager over your property. It is important to always have a lease in writing that covers these main things:


  1. The rent amount, and when/how often it is due
  2. Consequences of not paying rent when it is due    
  3. The date the lease expires and what happens when it does
  4. How much notice is needed for move-out
  5. What happens if the tenant moves out before the lease expires
  6. Any fees associated with paying rent late, and how they should be paid


Having a written lease with these items included gives you much more protection when it comes to dealing with an eviction. This is a must for property managers to ensure any and all evictions go smoothly.


Forced/Improper Entry


If you are in the eviction process and a tenant is being difficult or refusing to talk to you, it can be tempting to try to gain entry to the property to speak with them. However it is important that you follow any laws associated with the proper entry of a property manager into the unit.


It does depend on the area your property is in, but in general you need to provide a written notice at least 24 hours before you want to enter the property. Failing to adhere to these entry rules could lead to legal issues for you in regards to the eviction, delaying the process further.

Withholding Security Deposit


Sometimes property managers think it is a good idea to threaten to hold/keep the security deposit of a tenant who is being difficult during the eviction process. Although this may seem like a powerful bargaining chip, it only opens yourself up to potential legal issues down the line, which prolong the eviction process.


A security deposit is set apart from rent, it is the tenants money that is being held by you in case of any property damage. It cannot be held/used for anything other than what it was intended for, therefore you as a property manager/landlord do not have the power to hold a security deposit and use it for leverage. This will only end up giving your problem tenant more power in the negotiations since you have broken the rules of the lease.


Failing to Provide Proper Notice


When the time comes to give your tenant an eviction notice, you don't want to just show up and tell them they need to move out. Doing this gives your tenant zero legal obligation to leave and they may use that to stay on your property as long as they can.


Instead, present the tenant with a formal notice that they are being evicted, and get it looked at by a lawyer to make sure you have covered everything that is needed. You want to make sure that notice is clear about the reasoning they are being evicted, when they have to move out by, and proof of the tenants actions that have led to eviction.


If your tenant has broken the terms of their lease, as long as you follow proper procedures when it comes to handling the eviction notice, you will be able to get them out of there quickly.


Getting Emotional


When you are working through getting someone evicted it is easy to let your emotions get the better of you. There can be a lot of money and time involved and this can lead to a property manager getting frustrated and losing control of their emotions. It can get even worse if your tenant is getting emotional and saying things that are upsetting to you.


However, the fact of the matter is the tenant can say whatever they want to you, but if you say anything back to them, they could accuse you of housing discrimination. This could lead to a long list of legal issues for you that will not only be expensive but also prolong the eviction process and keep you from getting rid of the problem tenant.


As long as you keep your cool and follow all the proper procedures, you will be able to get the problem tenant convicted quickly and they will have no defence against the decision.



The eviction process can be a difficult, emotional, and draining process. This can lead to property managers getting upset or taking shortcuts to get the eviction over quicker, however this can lead to mistakes that just end up making the process longer and more difficult. Knowing about the common mistakes above should give you the right tools to be able to complete evictions as easily and quickly as possible, all while protecting yourself legally.

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