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Doorstead's eviction process: How we support our owners and tenants

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Doorstead's eviction process: How we support our owners and tenants
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As a property owner, one of the most stressful situations you may face is having to evict a tenant. 

At Doorstead, we understand your concerns and are here to support you throughout the eviction process, should it become necessary. 

In this article, we'll address some of the most common questions about our eviction process and how we work to protect your investment.

How does the eviction process work, and what support is provided by Doorstead?

At Doorstead, we take a proactive approach to avoiding evictions. Our goal is to avoid the need for eviction whenever possible by thoroughly screening tenants, maintaining open communication, and working with tenants to resolve any issues that may arise. However, if a tenant consistently fails to pay rent or violates the terms of their lease, we will initiate the eviction process on your behalf. 

Here's how it works:

  • First, we will send the tenant a formal notice, such as a 3-day Pay or Quit notice, in accordance with state and local laws.
  • If the tenant does not resolve the issue within the specified timeframe, we will ask you to engage external counsel that will proceed with filing for eviction in the applicable court. 
  • Throughout the legal process, we will work with your attorney to ensure that they have the information necessary to complete the eviction process.
  • Once your attorney receives a court order for eviction, we will coordinate with them to ensure the tenant vacates the property.

What is the property owner's financial responsibility in case of an eviction?

The financial responsibility for evictions depends on the type of management agreement you have with Doorstead.

For Doorstead’s Guaranteed Rent properties

Doorstead covers the cost of eviction up to $5,000. Doorstead has anually helped owners cover up to $50,000 of cost in eviction coverage and tenant escalations. This means you can have peace of mind knowing that we will handle the process and expenses, minimizing your financial risk.

For Doorstead’s Flex and Tenant Placement Only properties

The property owner is responsible for the costs associated with the eviction process. In these cases, we recommend that owners seek outside legal counsel to handle the eviction. Once you have hired an attorney, they can work directly with Doorstead's legal team to ensure a smooth and efficient process.

What is the timeline and legal process for evictions?

The eviction timeline greatly varies depending on the state and local laws where your property is located. In addition, we are still seeing the impact of Covid-19 as court cases are taking a much longer time to happen.

In general, the process can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months. Here's a breakdown of the typical stages:

  • Serve Notice to Tenant (3-30 days)
  • File Eviction Lawsuit (1-3 weeks)
  • Court Hearing and Judgment (2-16 weeks)
  • Writ of Possession and Lockout (1-4 weeks)

Throughout the process, Doorstead's legal team will ensure all proper procedures are followed and deadlines are met to avoid unnecessary delays.

Can property owners trust Doorstead's experience and success rate with evictions?

At Doorstead, we have a proven track record of successfully working with external attorneys to handle evictions for our property owners. Our team has deep expertise in landlord-tenant laws and extensive experience navigating the legal process.

While evictions are almost never a desirable outcome, sometimes they are necessary to protect your property and ensure the stability of your rental income.  We understand that evictions can be stressful and time-consuming for homeowners. By trusting Doorstead with your property management needs, you can have confidence that we will work tirelessly to protect your investment and minimize your financial risk.

Ally Gong
Ally Gong
Content Specialist

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