Dealing with an eviction can be time consuming and emotional. Be sure to consider any alternatives.
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If you do not know the rules, then trying to save a few dollars could potentially compromise your case and result in your giving the tenant months of free rent. This is one of those penny wise pound foolish situations where attempting to do a job without proper counsel is not worth the potential savings. Contact an attorney or use a proper summons server to ensure that you don't invalidate your collection actions.
By the way, Realtors are not allowed to give legal advice, so please contact your attorney for help. Good luck!
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