Evictions: everyone loves them! Residents enjoy seeing the writ of eviction taped to their door, Sheriff’s deputies enjoy serving papers to weeping, hysterical parents and managers of the residence enjoy confrontation it brings.
No one, I repeat, no one enjoys evictions. It is a last resort for those residents who have failed to pay rent or have been such horrible, terrible people that they must absolutely leave the premises: This time by force (legal and otherwise). Maybe they didn’t pay rent the past three or four months, or their checks continually bounced; maybe they have had complaints racked up against them for housing, noise or litter violations. Maybe it was a combination of everything.
For whatever reason, now you’ve got to start the proceedings for eviction. You post the notice on their door…and nothing happens. Did they ignore the posting? Not see it? Are they not in the premises anymore? So, you look in the unit and it’s as if they just stepped out for milk and bread. Their furniture is still there, clothes still in the closets, food in the kitchen. What now?
Legally, there are steps you should take. First and foremost, review. Go back through your files, and make sure that the eviction was not performed in error, and do whatever it takes to contact the evicted resident. Do everything in your power to contact the evicted resident. Can’t locate the resident and everything’s in order? Then you and your staff can remove the belongings to the property line. The last thing you need is for an evicted resident to get out or jail or an institution, only to discover that you took all their personal property to the property line and that it is now all gone.