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Is eviction the only option when a tenant becomes a problem?

Landlords need their tenants to pay rent consistently and abide by all of the rules and regulations in a lease contract. When tenants fail to hold up their end of the agreement, it may seem as though eviction is the only option.

Taking legal action early on may make it possible to preserve a tenancy. If efforts fail and a landlord ends has to pursue eviction, initiating the process as soon as possible may spare them from a lot of unnecessary trouble and lost rent.

A tenant may be eligible to receive rental assistance

Some programs may periodically have funding available to help income-eligible tenants with emergency rental assistance funds. Usually, tenants and not landlords may apply for funds, but landlords may need to verify information about the lease agreement and outstanding rent due.

Landlords may grant payment agreements

When a tenant falls behind on rent, landlords may give tenants the opportunity to enter into a payment agreement that a court approves. These types of agreements should include court costs. If a tenant does not comply with the agreement, the landlord may go back to court to demonstrate that the tenant violated the agreement. Likewise, a tenant who does not follow a lease’s rules about conduct may enter into an agreement to refrain from whatever they are doing that is a problem.

Sending a tenant a formal notice is a good first step to emphasizing the seriousness of an issue. Escalating a matter to seek a judicial remedy may also help. Ultimately, early intervention can benefit both landlords and tenants.