Thank you, Lakisha:
You have received excellent advice from the other responders.
It is very difficult to evict tenants under any circumstances. Often the tenants have nowhere else to go.
If you have not bought the property yet, I recommend that you make certain that your contract has provisions that the property is to be vacant at least 5 days prior to close of escrow. I recommend that upon your walk through prior to close of escrow, that you make certain that the property is vacant and has no personal belongings in the house that the tenants might want to come back and retrieve. .
If the property is not vacant, I recommend that you refuse to close escrow until the property is vacant.
If you have already purchased and closed escrow and you have tenants in the property, I recommend that you first do your best to persuade the tenants leave voluntarily. You may need to offer to pay the security deposit and several months prepaid rent to help the tenants to find a new place to live. As part of that agreement, I recommend that you place the obligation on the tenants to leave the property in the same condition or better as when you bought the property.
If the tenants will not leave voluntarily, and If you need to evict the tenants, I recommend that you hire an Attorney who has a great deal of successful experience with the eviction of problem tenants. However the tenants will probably be very unhappy and may retaliate by doing a great deal of damage to your property.
If you do have a property with tenants that need to be relocated, I recommend that you do everything that you can to help the tenants find a place to move to and keep them as happy as possible so that the tenants do not damage the property.
Either way it will probably cost you some money either in Attorney's fees for the eviction process and cost of repairs for damage caused by your problem tenants, or payment of the security deposit and prepaid rent for the tenants to persuade the tenants to leave voluntarily and leave the property in good condition.
Charles Butterfield MBA
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