Legal Assistance for Landlords Dealing With Eviction
Understanding the eviction process and getting support from a landlord/tenant attorney will reduce your stress and can make a difficult situation run smoothly.
How to Navigate the Eviction Process in Your State
Every state has its own laws related to eviction. Even more important is whether an eviction moratorium may help keep a tenant in the property for the time being. Your first step should be to understand the laws that impact your rights and options as a landlord. Federal, state and local laws can provide tenants with possible defenses that can provide protection for a tenant if their landlord seeks to evict them. Federal eviction protections were put in place for 2020. These protections could be extended. Some states and cities have their own bans.
Having access to a landlord-tenant attorney can help you understand the law and options that are available to you.
It is now more important than ever to have the help of a landlord-tenant attorney to make sure the eviction process is done correctly. Join LegalShield now and you can be on the phone with a provider attorney in as little as four business hours of membership approval.
Below are some additional issues related to the eviction process.
- Make sure you have a valid reason for eviction (such as failure to pay rent).
- Have you given the proper notices and an opportunity for the tenant to cure? For failure to pay rent or violation of the lease, the tenant should be given notice with the time allowed by law to cure the problem.
- Is the tenant eligible for eviction protection? Have they taken the necessary steps to be eligible?
- Are there other violations of the lease beyond paying rent that may provide you additional options?
- You may want to talk to your tenant to attempt to remedy the situation before starting a formal process.
- If an eviction lawsuit is required, am I required to have an attorney represent the business in court?
- Evict the tenant (use a local sheriff if the tenant does not leave on their own).
Having Access to Powerful Legal Representation at a Price You Can Afford
Confronting tenants can be intimidating and a challenge when you’re in an emotional state and not familiar with the law.
Formal eviction is normally the last step in a process a landlord must follow, which can include their seeking a court order before they can have a tenant put out. If an eviction lawsuit is filed, have evidence, documentation, and any witnesses ready for the court hearing. This can include the lease agreement between you and the tenant, bounced checks or other evidence of breach by the tenant, records of communication between you and the tenant, and proof the tenant received your proper notice(s).
LegalShield members feel confident knowing they have access to a provider attorney to assist them under their membership. Beyond providing consultation and advice, when appropriate a provider attorney can make a phone call or write a letter on behalf of your business to a tenant at no additional charge. They can review the lease or other business legal documents of up to 15 pages each.
Depending on the type of business and state, you may be required to have an attorney represent the business in court. If the business is the Plaintiff, a Small Business Plan provides a preferred member discount of 25% of the Provider Attorney’s standard corporate hourly rate. This can not only save you money on legal fees, but can lower your stress by having access to a Provider Attorney.
How a LegalShield Small Business Plan Works for Eviction
All LegalShield Small Business plans come jam-packed with valuable benefits. When it comes to getting through the eviction process, the most common plan usage is in two areas.
CONSULTATION AND ADVICE
You can speak with a provider attorney in your area to get legal advice about navigating the eviction process, the local laws you need to follow and the steps you should to take to protect your rental property.
You can submit any business legal documents up to 15 pages each and have a provider attorney review them and provide feedback. There is a max umber of documents per month and year depending on the type of Small Business Plan. Preparation of documents is provided under the preferred member discount.
You get the best of both worlds. You have the help of a provider attorney to make sure the eviction process is handled correctly AND you save a ton of money.
Key Features of Our Small Business Legal Plans
LegalShield’s business plans can help you in the following areas.
Legal consultation from a provider attorney on business legal matters, with legal research for each issue, if needed.
Receive help with business legal matters more efficiently with professional communications issued on your behalf.
Put business-related legal documents through legal review.
A collection letter from a provider attorney could help you recoup payments more efficiently.